Synopses & Reviews
- The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play, has sold half a million copies worldwide. Ensler also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting in 1999.
- Tenneson's photographs of celebrity "Warriors" are used in Ensler's massive V-Day ad campaign. Approximately 500 to 700 local events are scheduled in the US and internationally.
- A print and television campaign, featuring celebrities and activist subjects photographed by Joyce Tenneson articulating their vision of a world without violence, has run in nearly 20 national magazines, including Time, O, Marie Claire, Bazaar, Redbook, CosmoGirl!, and Good Housekeeping, and is still running in Esquire, Town & Country, and New Parent. The ads will continue to run through 2005.
- Corporate sponsors of V-Day include Dramatist Play Service, Eileen Fisher, Eziba, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Hearst Magazines, Julie Haus Handbags, Lifetime Television, Liz Claiborne, Luna Bar, Marie Claire, Organon Pharmaceuticals, Paula Dorf, Tampax, Time Inc., Vosges, and Bobbi Brown.
"As the Obie Award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues defines them, the eponymous warriors are 'fierce,' 'no longer beholden to social customs,' 'citizens of the world' and 'community makers,' who 'cherish humanity over nationhood' and 'work primarily on a grassroots level.' And, 'like vaginas, warriors are central to human existence, but they still remain largely unvalued and unseen.' In this collaboration with photographer Tenneson (Wise Women), the focus is on the women (and sometimes men) involved in V-Day, a movement designed to raise consciousness about and funds for anti-violence organizations across the globe. Tenneson's posed duotone photographs (which vary in clarity and interest) show these warriors against the mottled background of a typical photo studio; facing pages feature quotes from the subjects or snippets from Ensler's introductory essay. Actress Rosie Perez notes how she 'became a Vagina Warrior to be part of the healing process and to help those in pain stand tall.' Karin Heisecke, a young German woman, describes how she got bakeries to list abuse help-lines on their bread packaging. Personal finance guru Suze Orman grins fiercely but offers no quote about her own position in the brigades. Other warriors featured include Gloria Steinem, Ricki Lake, Jane Fonda and numerous organizers of V-Days throughout the world. It's a great idea that could have made a great book-but this volume's minimal text ensures that it will appeal primarily to those who are already enlisted to the cause." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)