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V-Day pieces are ‘powerful and visceral’

Annual V-Day performances raise awareness about violence against women.

This year the Nanaimo Women’s Resource Society has partnered with several organizations to bring Eve Ensler’s play Any One of Us to the city.

The piece was created by  Ensler and is based on a decade of work she did with 15 women at Bedford Hill’s Correctional Facility. In their writings the women discussed their experiences in prison and the impact of policies, laws and the treatment of incarcerated women.

“They are very striking and brutal descriptions of women’s experience with violence that ended them up in prison,” said Eliza Gardiner.

Bonnie Catterson from Kismet Theatre Academy is one of the performers.

“They are extremely brutal and honest and visceral. It’s definitely the most powerful thing I have ever worked on,” she said.

Tickets are $12 for students, seniors or under-waged or unwaged patrons/$18 general admission.

People can also buy tickets on behalf of a woman in the community who may not be able to afford them. Tickets are available at the VIU students’ union, The Nanaimo Women’s Centre, Catwalk Fashions and Kismet Theatre Academy.

arts@nanaimobulletin.com

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