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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2016
VANCOUVER: For the first time in Canada, sex workers and their allies are storming the stage to bring audiences straight into the hidden world of sex work.
The Hooker Monologues’ ten-woman cast works under the expert direction of Vancouver theatre veteran, Mindy Parfitt. A team of Vancouver sex workers and their allies met for well over a year to craft dovetailing stories that command attention. This production will prove to be unforgettable.
Cast member Carmen Shakti has worked as an inside sex worker in Vancouver for 6 years.
“I want our audiences to know that I’m a real person who works with real people and that I love my job. We hope the Monologues will move people, will help them park their disapproval of sex workers, and understand something of the hostility we face.”
Maggie de Vries, a Vancouver writer and teacher, is another cast member. Her book Missing Sarah tells the story of her sister who worked as a DTES sex worker and went missing in 1998. Four years later, Sarah’s DNA was found on the farm of serial killer Robert Pickton.
“I wish I could have listened to Sarah without trying to change or rescue her,” Maggie says. “In the end, my story poses an essential question: Why do we have such a hard time listening to what sex workers tell us about their lives and work?”
The Hooker Monologues March 9 – 13th, 2016
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova, Vancouver
Wednesday - Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m.
PWYC Preview: Wednesday, March 9
Opening Night: Thursday, March 10
Tickets on sale at the Firehall Box Office
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