Cover artwork of the Community Issue: Pen and colored pencil illustrations of people of different genders, ethnicities, and sizes clustered together in harmony
The Art of Turning Pain into Power
Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda at the 2001 V-Day even at Madison Square Garden
Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda at the 2001 V-Day even at Madison Square Garden

Are you sure about the title?” I asked her. The year was 1995 and my best friend, Eve Ensler, had the brilliant idea to perform a series of monologues based on hundreds of interviews she had conducted with women on the subject of their vaginas. The title was as bold and audacious as the piece itself: The Vagina Monologues. I loved the words, the work, the characters and of course, her chutzpah to take on a topic that up until that moment had dared not speak its name. But The Vagina Monologues? Really? Wouldn’t the word vagina alienate audiences and relegate the piece to a strictly downtown theatre crowd?

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wrote the short film Trevor, which won an Academy Award and inspired the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ youth. James has created several off-Broadway shows and was ranked by The New York Times as “among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.”