V-DAY BEYOND CISTERHOOD: OPENS TONIGHT

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I am so proud to say that many of our members are actively involved in V-Day’s production of Beyond Cisterhood (from writing, acting, directing, and beyond) I hope many of you will be able to attend this great show.  Opens tonight and runs through Saturday.

[image caption: Beyond Cisterhood: V-DAY

a new collections of monologues

queering the dialogue of gender

expanding and transcending the narrative of womanhood

February 26th, 27th, and 28th at 8pm

Gicker-Milstein theatre: The Diana Center at Barnard College, 117th and Broadway, Lower Level 1]

Here’s the facebook event, below is the text from the event page

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Join us for our new production “Beyond Cis-terhood”: A collection of monologues written by LGBTQ students of Barnard College and Columbia University that queers the dialogue on gender and expands on the narrative of womanhood.

Our three show-nights are:
February 26, 27, and 28 at 8PM.
Tickets will be available beginning February 18th at http://artsinitiative.columbia.edu/events/beyond-cis-terhood-0

Be sure to arrive early and check out our Pre-Show Fair to celebrate sex-positivity, and learn about resources on campus related to sexuality, Feminism, queer issues, sexual assault awareness/prevention, and much more!

This year proceeds from the show will be going to Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), an organization that works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence

****The Glicker-Milstein Theatre (in the Diana Center at Barnard College) is a physically accessible space—one would enter the building then take the elevator down to the second lower-level floor; seats can be removed to accommodate those with wheelchairs. There are men’s and women’s restrooms on the same floor as the theatre, and there’s a gender-inclusive ADA-compliant restroom up on the 5th floor that can also be reached by elevator. The show will not use any flashing/strobe lights. Sign language interpretation will not be provided. ****
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For the past year and beyond, our creative and production teams have collectively experienced a growing discomfort with the tradition of exclusionary white cis feminism that The Vagina Monologues upholds and the supposed need to continue to put on the show year after year. After the success of last year’s production with an all self-identified women of colour cast, a response to a piece we understand isn’t representative of all women and folks who experience gender-based oppression, we want to keep on pushing so that our productions are as inclusive as possible so that all identities on our campus can be represented. As a production team, we intend to use our platform to center the voices of queer and trans women as well as non-binary and gender-nonconforming people. In the past, we have had a trans addendum in our playbills to try to ameliorate some of the problems with the productions, but we no longer feel that this is enough. We want to produce a show in which trans people are not merely an afterthought and cissexism is not left to be apologized for later, but one that centers queer and trans voices and experiences.

That being said, we’ll cut to the chase: our production team has decided to scrap The Vagina Monologues for a new production titled Beyond Cis-terhood. With this new direction, we hope to create a conversation about what it means to be a woman in the fullest scope, to open up the conversation to those who have been denied womanhood on the basis of their anatomies, as well of those who have had womanhood falsely ascribed to them on these same premises, and to acknowledge that all experiences of gendered oppression cannot and should not be homogenized across class, race, ability, and various other identities. We will construct this piece as a community, and are accepting submissions from writers who self-identify as queer, trans, and/or gender-nonconforming and want to speak about their unique, intersectional, and personal experiences with oppression on the basis of their gender. In addition, our cast will be a space for self-identified queer/LGBTQ+ students as well. To clarify, this space is NOT restricted to those who are cis, nor to those who are female-identified. This IS a space by and for queer people and their unique experiences with gender-based oppression.

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