V-Day Busan: V-Men
The V-Men are back!!! Looking for male actors to perform monologues to spread awareness about violence against women and girls from the perspective of fathers, bothers and sons.
The event will be held in conjunction with the V-Day: Busan Vagina Monologues and all proceeds will go to help women’s charities both local and international. This is a great chance to use your talent to show you care about an important issue.
Where: The Backroom in Gwanganli (see map)
Date: Sunday, February 19th
Time: 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
How to book: Please send me a Facebook message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org reserve an audition time and leave your contact information.
See below for synopses of the monologues and visit http://www.vday.org/v-menfor the whole texts. Tell me which ones you want to read for and your preferred audition time. You don’t need to memorize anything for the audition but please be familiar with the material.
After actors have been cast, rehearsals will be every Sunday starting with a full group read- through on Sunday, February 26th. Then, I will schedule individual slots for the subsequent Sunday afternoons in March and early April. As the show gets closer, we will conduct full cast run- throughs culminating with a dress rehearsal on April 15th.
V-Men will take place on Sunday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. on the 4th floor at HQ Bar in Kyungsung. The show will be between 70-90 minutes depending on the number of presenters involved. There will also be an informative power point presentation just after intermission.
Considering the theme of V-Men, the rehearsal and performance process is undoubtedly going to be a heavy experience. I will be asking you to troll areas of your psyche and memories that may be uncomfortable or unpleasant in order to display the heartfelt emotions that a show of this nature deserves. Additionally, I’m going to ask cast members to educate themselves about the issues that are discussed in V-Men, so we may present a sincere as well as professional product.
1.) Joe Paterno. Herman Cain. Penn State football. Presidential campaigns. Men. Sex. Power. Women. Harassed. Children. Abused. By Kevin Powell.
A lecture styled speech covering manhood in the U.S. in the 21st century. Focuses on the Penn State, Herman Cain, and Catholic church controversies. Would probably make a good opening speech.
2.) Why I am a V-Man. By Vava Tampa
A short first person account of travesties committed against women and girls in the Congo.
3.) Can I Kiss You? By Mike Domitrz
A first person narrative relaying the author’s feelings about the sexual assault of a family member. Much of the text is promotional material for the author’s workshops; however, this could be turned into a sketch or an audience participation piece.
4.) A Brother’s Story. By Kevin Knight
An immigrant’s revelations in the wake of his sister’s murder from an abusive relationship.
5.) Through a Father’s Eyes. By Dani Meier
A young father’s account of dealing his adolescent daughter’s assault.
6.) How a Boy Learns to Be a Man: Three Moments
Three lighthearted observations from a father about his son’s developing masculinity.
7.) Healing Work: A Poetic Memoir. By Yolo Akili
A monologue concerning the responsibility of men to change the perceptions and treatment of women regardless of gender preference. Intermixed with the author’s poetry.
8.) I Carry Her With Me. By Jared Miller
The transformation of a man’s chivalry from the role of protector/fighter to an activist and philanthropist in Rwanda.
9.) Finding My Role. By Taylor Krauss
A filmmaker’s vivid reflection on women’s’ assaults in Rwanda and the DRC.
10.) Breaking the Chain. By Tom Antonek
A son’s letter to his mother, an incest survivor, expressing his burden of guilt and shame for his own inactions.
11.) For Mama. By Marco Naguib
An Egyptian man’s account of his mother’s 33 year abusive marriage. A little graphic.
12.) A Story from the Mending Monologues. By Derek Dujardin
A man’s recollection of a humiliating incident in a public restroom and how it changed his perceptions of how women deal with some day-to-day situations.
13.) The Vagina Monologues- A Wake up call for Men. By Rob Okun
A director of a men’s center recalling the protest of a Massachusetts man who wanted a local production of the Vagina Monologues canceled because he felt it was inappropriate. This could have some video accompaniment.
14.) The Love of Women. By Bart Scott.
The story of a man who grew up in a house full of women and his shock about the current state of society’s treatment of women. Contains an anecdote about a young Detroit girl who threw herself into the line of gunfire to protect her mother from an abusive boyfriend.
15.) Why I Go. By Jimmie Briggs
A reporter’s letter to his young daughter explaining why he goes to dangerous, war torn areas and reports about violence against women.
16.) Rescue. By Mark Matousek.
A man recalling the rapes and tragic lives of his sisters and mother to a therapist.
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