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March 2017 Special Bulletin

v-day 2017 logoThis special bulletin is devoted to our recent community project - the AWC Berlin's benefit production of The Vagina Monologues - part of Eve Ensler's V-Day 2017 Campaign to raise awareness about violence against women. Our production raised funds for the human rights organization, TERRE DES FEMMES, a local Berlin charity dedicated to fighting violence against women.

By all accounts, AWC Berlin's participation in V-Day 2017 was a rousing success: two sold-out performances with a 14-member cast of international women - amateurs and professionals alike, 4500 Euro raised for TERRE DES FEMMES (30% over estimate), awareness raised on issues of violence against women not only through the performances but also through radio and print.

Many thanks to the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy for hosting us in their beautiful SKY LOUNGE and to Head of Communications Rosie Vilnius and her staff for their professional service and assistance.

Big Thank Yous to our cast, crew, and volunteers for your generous donation of time and talent. I hope you are proud of your contribution to our global cause of fighting for women's human rights.

Also Thank You to our raffle donors - your prizes raised an additional 600 Euro for our beneficiary.

In honor of V-Day Campaign's 20th Anniversary and in celebration of the 5th anniversary of One Billion Rising, I'd like to announce that the AWC Berlin is slated to produce The Vagina Monologues in February 2018, with Molly Moylan Brown as Director once more.

We look forward to see you then!
My-Linh


 


My-Linh Kunst

President, The American Women's Club of Berlin
skype: mylinhkunst
phone: 0176 7069 7106
Click on images to see the beautiful photography of
Karen Axelrad and Susanne Ollmann

Alexa Maria Surholt
                                               Karen  Axelrad's photos    Susanne Ollmann's photos

Director Molly Moylan Brown

 

Molly Moylan Brown

Congratulations to Director MOLLY MOYLAN BROWN! She accomplished the amazing feat of pulling together IN SIX WEEKS two sold-out performances of a 90-minute show with a 14-person-cast.  Molly's calm handling of scheduling and technical challenges kept the production on schedule and under budget.  There was no hurdle too high for her resourcefulness. Her notes to the cast were always on-point and supportive. She spent many hours working with individual cast members on their readings, not to mention writing the press release and promoting the show. Her generous heart and spirit as well as her deep conviction to the cause brought gravitas to the project. Molly, our fearless leader, you are the ultimate professional!

Read Molly's Post-Production Blog - the V word

Thrust a female private part into the title of a theater piece and you’ve started a resistance. You incite perplexity and trepidation, an acute sense of taboo—resistance. It begins with language, the words we say and the words we avoid. Vagina. Why does that word assault us when we hear or see it spelled out in public? What squeamishness or prudishness, what anger or offense does it provoke in us? How does it compel and repel us at the same time? The resistance is innate, personal.

A production called The Vagina Monologues sounds, at best, pornographic ....

Read more

Congratulations to the Cast


Our cast consisted of AWC Berlin members and friends, an international group of amateurs and professionals - actors, singers, comedians, activists, teachers, moms, businesswomen.  The women, most of whom did not know each other, came together over 4 rehearsals to build a community to  "give voice to the lived experience of women everywhere", said Molly, and experienced the "truth that mirrors vital aspects of their own and their loved ones' lives".
 

CLICK HERE TO MEET THE CAST

4500 Euro were raised for
TERRE DES FEMMES


Sina Tonk & Christa Stolle (TDF) My-Linh Kunst & Molly Brown (AWC Berlin)

TERRE DES FEMMES (TDF) is a German non-profit women’s rights organisation, committed to ensuring that girls and women can live a free, safe, and self-determined life while holding equal and inalienable rights regarding all aspects of life. Their aim is to raise public awareness by means of education and advocacy, campaigning and lobbying, international networking, and individual personal assistance. They also promote a number of independent and local self-help projects abroad.

TDF intends to use our donation for their refugee sponsorship program.  There will be approximately 70 volunteer mentors devoting at minimum one year to caring for refugee women, helping them in all aspects of their asylum-seeking process and integration, by offering services ranging from legal counsel to swimming lessons. 
 

Thank you to our Volunteers


We were happy to have the support of AWC members' children and their friends. Mathilda Silbiger (usher both nights), Henry Brown (lights, set building, pre-show jazz band KELLER, DJ, filming), Gabriel Augustin (sound and pre-show jazz KELLER), Olivia Gallup (pre-show jazz KELLER), and Henri Cramer (filming). Despite having to listen to their moms talking about "vaginas" for days, these talented young folks were professional, kind and generous.

Big Thank You to our AWC Berlin volunteers:
  • Lissa Rosenbloom, ticket master, for her seamless handling of 400 ticket reservations and payments.
  • Olga Johnston, stylist extraordinaire, for her touch pulling together a beautiful and cohesive look on stage and for sending cast members out on stage with confidence and tiaras.
  • Agata Gaertner for her professionalism, responsiveness, and flexibility in PR and Program Design. She landed print coverage in Tagesspiegel, radio interview with NPR Berlin and online promotion of the show by several expat magazines.
  • Clare Boersch for her design of the poster & flyer.
  • Sam Lattof, Agata Gaertner, Linda Sheehan and Kristin Tovson, Jennifer Cripe and Michelle Perry for helping out with the raffle - raising 600 euro.
  • Kynya Jacobus and Carolyn Stransky for representing the AWC Berlin at our membership table.
  • Claudia Tessier and Emi Bevacqua for helping with the tickets desk.
                                                                                   Jazz Band KELLER

Thank you to our Sponsors
and Raffle Donors


Institute for Cultural Diplomacy - Thanks to Rosie Vilnius and her team for the sponsorship of their beautiful venue SKY LOUNGE.
  • Founded in 1999, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is an international, not-for- profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin (since 2003), and the USA. “The ICD ́s ultimate goal is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels.” The major objectives of the ICD are to extend current research, programs and practices in the field of cultural diplomacy and create a platform to promote and sustain inter-cultural dialogue at all levels. The ICD actively encourages and supports cultural diplomacy as an academic discipline.

15GRAD Print Shop - Thanks to Stefan Jan for his generous sponsorship of the posters & postcards, and the sizable discount on programs printing.
  • Our claim “VORDRUCKNACH” best describes what we mean by service. Pre-production, we advise on the preparation of the data, the selection of the appropriate printing process and material. This ensures that there is no unnecessary waste of time and money. Production is carried out with the utmost precision and care. The fact that we guarantee a 100% on- time delivery is the result of our many years of experience. Post-production, we ensure that our high quality print products are delivered on time and achieve customer satisfaction. http://www.15grad.de/

RAFFLE PRIZE DONORS

Karen Castellón, Indira Faltin, Elizabeth Heidenreich Coaching, Einstein Coffee, Arina Francke, Linda Sheehan Döterra Essential Oils, Elyzabeth Simpson, Rabea Stolzenburg, and Kristin Tovson Yoga
 
and special thanks to Artist Dee Mulhoney, who was so moved by Friday's performance that she donated one of her "vagina inspired" works for Saturday's raffle.
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About V-Day


V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women.  Over the past 19 years, V-Day activists from more than 140 countries have worked tirelessly on a grassroots level to demand an end to all forms of violence against women and girls.  In the face of resistance, and at the intersection of art and activism, they have come together around life-saving safe houses, productions of award winning playwright Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues and other works curated by V-Day. V-Day organizers have saved lives, raised consciousness, changed laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters (often times these much needed funds kept them from closing), educated their communities, and raised over $100 million in urgently needed funds for groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families. 
 
V-Day's work is grounded in 4 core beliefs: Art has the power to transform thinking and inspire people to act; Lasting social and cultural change is spread by ordinary people doing extraordinary things; Local women best know what their communities need and can become unstoppable leaders; One must look at the intersection of race, class, and gender to understand violence against women.
 
MISSION STATEMENT
  • V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women.
  • V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.
  • V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now.
  • V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.
  • V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world.
  • V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.
  • V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine's Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the violence.
  • V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community.
 
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