By Debra Graff
Maxie Solters, Studio City native and founder of V-Day Studio City, is bringing Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues (TVM) to The Federal Bar located at 5303 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, for two nights only: March 28 and 29.
The small but mighty Solters produces this hysterical, eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and provocative piece, revealing true stories of women’s experiences with their sexuality. Based on over 200 interviews, the award-winning play’s premise is about female empowerment, the ultimate embodiment of individuality, and the personal freedom to be a sexual being.
This is V-Day Studio City’s first year appearing at The Federal Bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner and drinks; the show begins at 8 p.m.; and the audience is invited to a private after party with the cast. Check out their scrumptious menu at thefederalbar.com.
For Solters, TVM is more than a play. “It’s a movement to raise awareness and bring hope to those struggling with abuse. It’s about giving the women that Eve interviewed a voice. We speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. If we can touch just one person, then it’s all worth it.”
Maxie is proud to appear in TVM because “It’s much bigger than just me.” It’s a catalyst for “transforming both men and women,” who can participate by reciting “the happy fact,” which enlightens us about vaginas. In other circumstances, “that would be taboo,” but in the context of TVM, “even saying the word provides people everywhere the courage and strength they need to break the cycle of violence.”
Solters created V-Day Studio City after graduating from USC in 2009, to continue her passion for the cause. “I’ve discovered an inner depth and confidence since joining this organization,” she divulges. “I’m grateful to work amongst the most inspiring women I’ve ever met, all of whom are still incredible friends today. One of the best parts about V-Day Studio City is getting to spend time with the amazing cast every V-season.”
Maxie co-stars with Allie Altschuler (who also directs), Michelle Appezzato, Ginny Cruciano, Heldine Aguiluz, and Emily Short.
The Pleasure Chest, Jopen, and Body Vision Los Angeles sponsor an adult raffle and fake orgasm contest, always the highlight of the evening.
Tickets are $20 cash at the door or in advance at ticketweb.com. Chocolate Vagina Lollipops and T-shirts will be sold. The event sells out fast so it’s best to secure seats ahead of time!