The May issue of Arizona Attorney will include an insightful Last Word column by a lawyer who wanted to talk about a dreadful topic: the continued high levels of violence against women and girls in Arizona, particularly on the Indian reservations. Attorney Don Bayles explores the challenges inherent in seeking legal justice when courts and court officers are hundreds of miles away. He praises the work done by those in the system, but he says the Rule of Law will mean little until those many obstacles are eliminated.
As I worked with Don on his column, I also was thinking about an upcoming event that takes on such violence in a creative way. And I am privileged to be a part of it.
On this Saturday, April 6, I will be one of a small group of performers who will deliver monologues in honor of VDay, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. As part of VDay 2013, the Arizona chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum is sponsoring a performance of “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer” on April 6, 2013, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
This collection of monologues will be performed by NAPAWF members and allies (like me) and will occur at Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix 85004 (map below). Tickets are $15, and all proceeds will go to Arizona South Asians for Safe Families.
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All of the monologues are compelling and were written not by the performers but by other great (and sometimes famous) writers. Among the pieces is one written by Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues fame.
The piece I will deliver, I’m pleased to say, was written by one of my favorite writers—journalist Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times. The piece is about his experience interviewing a young girl who was imprisoned as a prostitute in Cambodia.
The variety of content is amazing. I can pretty much guarantee it will make you laugh as often as it induces sadness. And the hope is, it also will induce an impulse toward change. (I’m proud to add that my whole family—my wife and our two daughters—is involved. And our older daughter Willa is directing!)
Please consider buying a ticket, stopping by, and inviting others.
Here is a map: