Las Artes Escenicas invited playwright Eve Ensler to perform The Vagina Monologues at El Café Teatro Bertolt Brecht in Havana, for its Cuban debut! Eve took the stage for a very special three-show performance 28-29 October during the 16th International Theater Festival of Havana. During her visit, Eve met with Cuban women leaders and grassroots activist groups including Mariela Castro Espín, the Director of Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), Lizette Vila Espina of Proyecto Palomas, and Rochy Ameneiro, well known Cuban singer and director of Todas Contracorriente, together with members of the network of artists of UNETE.
Coming out of these meetings, the coalition is pleased to announce that Cuba is joining One Billion Rising: Rise For Revolution in 2016. Activists and artists alike will RISE against violence against women and imperialism on 8 March. Eve will return to Cuba in March for the Rising in support of the Cuban campaign.
WATCH Eve speak about her time in Cuba:
READ local reports on the performance and One Billion Rising announcement: