by Debra Graff
Maxie Solters, born and bred in Studio City and founder of V-Day Studio City, has once again gathered together a group of USC veterans to perform Eve Ensler’s award winning, provocative play, The Vagina Monologues, revealing true stories of women’s experiences with their sexuality. This hilarious, heart wrenching, and eye opening show contains themes of female empowerment, the ultimate embodiment of individuality, and personal freedom to be a sexual being.
Solters co stars with Michelle Appezzato (who also directs), Sarah Newswanger, Allie Altschuler, Chelsea Mallon, Victoria Rose, and Ginny Cruciano. Maxie describes this cast as “incredibly talented, selfless, motivated, strong, and supportive of each other. They make me want to be the best I can be.”
Maxie is proud to produce The Vagina Monologues in her hometown for the third year in a row. “V-Day has been such an important part of my life since I became involved in 2007, I can’t imagine a V-Season without it.”
For Solters, The Vagina Monologues is more than just a theatrical piece. “It’s a movement to bring hope to those struggling with abuse. It’s about giving a voice to the women Eve interviewed. We speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. If we touch at least one person, it’s all worth it.”
As with every V-Day presentation, profits are disseminated to a local charity. Solters has named Peace Over Violence, dedicated to preventing domestic violence, as the 2012 beneficiary.
The Pleasure Chest and Fun Factory continue their sponsorship tradition by donating vibrators and gift bags/cards, to be raffled. Vagina lollipops, penis brownies, and wine are available for a nominal fee. A highlight of the evening is the “fake orgasm contest,” which always causes the audience to go wild with laughter.
Tickets are $20; $15 on Sunday. You can pay cash at the door or online at www.Ticketweb.com.