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The Vagina Monologues
Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Tickets US$6.00
We're back!!! "The Ladies Who Dare!" again presents, Eve Ensler's award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. 7 PM, Saturday, May 26, 2012, in the Banquet Room of Frenchman's Reef Restaurant and Bar. Click on the poster for information on The Vagina Monologues, and more.
The Vagina Monologues, 2012, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica


We did it!

The Vagina Monologues Treasure Beach 2011 cast Click to see more pictures
Performing to a standing room only crowd, our magnificent cast of Vagina Warriors took Treasure Beach by storm. I dared to do it again in Jamaica! With Dr. Glenda Simms again opening the show in her own inimitable way, and a cast of seventeen “Ladies Who Dared” we took Jamaica’s south coast secret, the sleepy town of Treasure Beach, by storm. (And hurricane season had not yet begun.) The community and beyond, came, saw, laughed, wept, learned, conquered their fear of the holy, human, heavenly, “Vagina” word. Visit http://www.sharonmartini.com/thevaginamonologues-2011.htm for more...

Thank you ladies, and gentlemen, for your support for Treasure Beach’s first-ever “Ladies Who Dare!” benefit production of Eve Ensler’s award winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at Frenchman’s Reef Restaurant and Bar.

The Treasure Beach community’s, (and beyond’s,) response was overwhelming – tears of joy and gratitude bubble up from within just thinking about it. The “Healing Advocacy Fund” for “Suzie” is becoming a reality.

Thank you to Elizabeth and Owen, owners of Frenchman’s Reef Restaurant and Bar, whom generously donated the space for our “theatre.” Thank you to Conrad, manager at Frenchman’s Reef. Thank you to Harvel Powell (Siwind) for loaning me chairs and a lamp. To Gloria Gibbs, for the loan of the lush greenery. To Aleshia Abrahams for the flowers, floral design, display and helping me clean up the next day. Thank you to Vincent Trenchfield (A Ganar participant) for handling ticket and merchandise sales.

And now to the cast: Thank you to Dr. Glenda Simms for priming the crowd in her own unique, inimitable style; the rest of the daring cast, Marie Sparkes, Eva Forde, Ingrid Blackwood, Jennifer Martin, Kamla Williams, Abby Brooks, Francine Binns, Cleopatra Dixon, Pettia Gay Williams, Rebecca Wiersma, Jean Genus, Saredia Trenchfield (A Ganar), Channoy Henry (A Ganar), Jodia Williams (A Ganar) and Jodi Ann Blake (A Ganar.) I want to add that the young members of the A Ganar Leadership program whom participated as cast and crew, claimed, without a doubt, their “Future Leader” crowns. They are truly future leaders not only of Treasure Beach, but our world.

Abuse can often be akin to the uninvited guest at your party – you’re not so certain that you know them, but other people are familiar with them and are in fact quite comfortable with them it seems. But, you have a funny feeling you can’t shake. You’re not sure, something’s not quite right… Still, not wanting to be rude you hold your breath and let them in.

Ending abuse against women and girls, is not a case of them and us. It is not a case of pitting women and girls against men and boys. The Vagina Monologues' purpose, beyond entertainment and education is to inspire dialogue. To get us (all of us – women and men) talking about an issue that though it permeates our society (and, in truth, societies around the globe, knowing as it does, neither color line nor socioeconomic boundary,) is shrouded in secrecy. To see The Vagina Monologues, or to be in it, can assist in opening up much needed dialogue, for oneself and others, about abuse and its suffocating sidekicks, pain, shame, secrets, insecurity and fear.

I absolutely know that dialogue, daring to say, to tell, to speak out loud, is the critical first step toward acknowledgement, truth, and healing.

Ultimately, it is we women whom raise the boys and girls who grow up to be abusive men and women so it is critical that we are able to recognize abuse in its myriad guises for what it is.

I think Treasure Beach is ready for the dialogue. I will be scheduling a follow up discussion and workshop in the near future. Until then, thank you again, (those named and not,) for your support in word, deed, thought, action, or simply, online dialogue.

See pictures from the show.

Well, I am daring, again, to bring The Vagina Monologues to Jamaica. This time the "Ladies Who Dare!" will perform oceanside, in Treasure Beach, one of my favorite places in the whole wide world. The production will be in the beautiful banquet room at Frenchman's Reef Restaurant & Bar,

7pm, Saturday, April 30, 2011

What you may ask is "The Vagina Monologues?"
The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the word have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than twelve years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public. "The Vagina Monologues, 2011, Treasure Beach" is part of the VDay Community Campaign. The story behind The Vagina Monologues.

What is the Community Campaign?
The Community Campaign strives to empower women, (every day community women,) to find their collective voices and demand an end to the epidemic levels of violence and abuse in their communities around the world.

Groups around the world present productions of "The Vagina Monologues" to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls. The proceeds from these events are donated to organizations in the community that are working to stop sexual, physical, verbal and emotional violence.

What is a V-Day Campaign?
A V-Day Campaign s a catalyst for mobilizing women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women an girls. By creating this global community, V-Day strives to assist women in becoming empowered women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women in the U.S. and around the world.

I say The Vagina Monologues provides a forum "To help us all remember the inherent, life-bearing, life-giving, omnipotent, power of Woman; that withough She there cannot be, You, He, She, nor We."

V-Day Spotlight Campgain:
Each year V-Day Spotlights a particular group of women who are experiencing violence with the goal of raising awareness and funds to put a worldwide media spotlight on this area and to raise funds to aide groups who are addressing it. The 2011 V-Day Spotlight is "The Women and Girls of Haiti."

In 2011, V-Day's Spotlight Campaign will be on the Women and Girls of Haiti. The Spotlight will highlight the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti, and will focus on the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national program in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists - including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene - that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter, and legal services. Read more...

Come on down, over, across, to Jamaica's unique south coast and catch Treasure Beach's first-ever benefit production of Eve Ensler's Award-winning, play, "The Vagina Monologues." To raise funds for education, empowerment, and advocacy programs for abused and exploited women in St. Elizabeth. A percentage of funds raised will be used to create an Advocacy Fund for Treasure Beach's "Suzie." Requested donation Ja$500.

For tickets and additional information, call 876-574-3556, or email: thevaginamonologues@sharonmartini.com. To learn more about V-Day - The global movement to end violence against women and girls, visit vday.org.

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About Abuse

Read all about my personal motivation for continuing this labor of love!

The "Ladies Who Dare!" TheARTer for Healing" provides a forum for individual and community healing and social justice through creative expression in all art forms. "Recognizing and realising, the healing power of art and performance in my own life, I wanted to create a vessel for sharing, learning, experiencing and ultimately, healing, for others."

A little background on Haiti from my perspective.

The story behind my artwork, "Highway To Being!"
This acrylic on paper original artwork was inspired by an encounter I had, with a man, at the checkout of my local supermarket in Portland, Oregon. This man behind me in line, became audibly upset when, speaking of having performed in The Vagina Monologues, I said "vagina" out loud and in public. A tad perturbed by his reaction, I told him that, "He was standing there by virtue of having slid down the "Vagina Highway."

When the dust settled, we had a lovely conversation. "Ire is so inpiring, and ultimately healing, if we dare!"

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