By: Megan Minutillo, Guest Blogger
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.
That’s really just the tip of the monumental campaign that is V-DAY, and you can find out more information about this magnificent cause by visiting vday.org.
This is a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, it’s a cause that I’ve been involved in since my college days, as I once was in a production of The Vagina Monologues, and, most recently, ran the PR campaign for the Vagina Monologues at HERE Arts this past February.
This Valentine’s Day season, I wanted to keep the momentum going. I once again felt a call to rise up…
I wanted to take action.
And so, LOVE SONGS at 54 Below was born. LOVE SONGS at 54 Below is scheduled for February 10, 2014 at 54 Below, 11:30 PM.
The concert will feature “love songs” written by new musical theater composers Will Buck, Lauren Marcus, Ryan Scott Oliver, Drew Overcash, Alexander Sage Oyen, Georgia Stitt, and Zoe Sarnak. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the VDAY Foundation.
I could gush for days about this. I could gush, and type, and talk, and preach.
I could tell you how proud I am to be producing and directing this evening.
I believe wholeheartedly in the music of these brilliant composers – they write the songs that life is made of – illuminating the most beautiful moments, the most awful moments, the most human moments that collect us all.
I could tell you how amazing the entire cast is, how truly passionate wonderful my music director, Benjamin Rauhala is, how unbelievably thrilling it is to be doing a show at a venue with as much character and energy like 54 Below.
I could tell you about my own personal attachment to the cause….
I could tell you about stories of violence that have happened to one too many women that I know….
I could tell you about the women I know, who have their hearts rooted to this movement, rooted in something so deep and strong, something that I am not able to adequately express in print or confine to a phrase…for it is bigger than words. It is a feeling. It is, without a doubt, a movement. A call to action, a call to rise UP.
Photo by Tiffany Farley
I could tell you that I WISH there were 89 performances of this show, instead of just one.
I could tell you a myriad of things about how much this project, this cast, and this organization mean to me.
But we’d be here all day.
So instead, I’ll tell you this – come see this concert.
The cast of LOVE SONGS features Alex Brightman (Big Fish), Max Crumm, (Grease) Ariana DeBose (Motown), Joanna Howard (Off Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher), Siri Howard (Sweeny Todd), Lauren Marcus , Jessica Mortellaro , Taylor Noble (Off-Broadway's A Lasting Impression) , Krista Pioppi (Spring Awakening national tour), Max Quinlan (Les Miserables) Krysta Rodriguez (First Date) Taylor Sorice , Stephanie Turci , Alan Wiggins (Beautiful), and Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture).
Tickets are $15, and there is a two alcoholic drink minimum OR $20 food & beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54 Below.
Megan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.
Featured image courtesy 54 Below