In 1996 Eve Ensler first performed The Vagina Monologues in New York city. The play is made up of several monologues, each giving voice to the diverse experience of being a woman. The stories range from violent to joyous, comic to confusing, painful to empowering.

The play became an immediate hit and has been performed all over the world. In 1998 V-Day was founded to raise awareness and money for organizations working to end violence against women.

On Sunday, Feb. 11, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of V-Day, the Vagina Monologues is coming to the Vineyard, performed by local women and benefiting local organizations. Presented by the Island Theatre Workshop, the show will be performed at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Sunday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Friends of Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard and Connect to End Violence, a program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

Islanders performing are a cross-section of Vineyard women, ranging from teachers, yoga instructors and nurses to actors and mothers. The cast includes Christine Ferrone, Mary Giordano, Scarlet Snow Johnson, Joyce Maxner, Binnie Ravitch, April White and Susan Wysocki.

The show is directed by Kevin Ryan, with Jennifer Knight as production manager.

Tickets for this one-night-only event are $50 for premium seating and $25 for general admission, available at 508-221-2615.