V-Day: Until the Violence Stops



A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writers on Violence Against Women and Girls

June 19, 2006 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY

V-Day brings together artists, community groups and city leaders for Until the Violence Stops: NYC, a festival of theater, spoken word, performance and community events created to bring the issue of violence against women and girls front and center in the culture and the community. Charlotte was invited to take part in one of the main marquee events for V-Day: 'A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writers On Violence Against Women and Girls.' Charlotte was among the stars of the stage and screen and she shined! She composed and performed original music for this event. It was such an amazing evening; enlightening, uplifting and so important. The readings and performances were all moving; some funny some disturbing...all accompanied by Charlotte and her music. Below, you'll see photos from the day. Charlotte spending the entire day in rehearsals, playing the intro and outro music for each of the acts/readings as well as her own songs. What a trooper! :) There are some behind the scene photos of her in hair & make-up, getting ready for the press as well as some show photos. It was a wonderful evening and Charlotte still got the Hammerstein crowd to stand at the end of the show for the final song of the evening, 'Revival.' Amazing. And there were lots of Arsonists there showing some mad support for Charlotte! So wonderful to see some familiar faces helping out by handing out Charlotte Martin 'Stromata' postcards (see photo below). Thank you for helping to make this evening so wonderful. And a big thank you to Charlotte for sharing the day...for her dedication and talent for this wonderful cause. Enjoy the photos below!



songs written for this event by Charlotte Martin (unless otherwise noted below):

sluts and bitches
overcome
connect (written by robin morgan)
revival

"I am so honered that I could contribute my song writing and music to this special evening. 'REVIVAL' was written for and inspired by the monologues for this event, and in honor of all the women in the world who have been affected by violence. I hope this song brings healing and strength."
-Charlotte Martin

REVIVAL
by Charlotte Martin



This scab I've torn to feel reborn
But I'm not here to break down
And every single stone, been shoved inside my bones
I'm not here to break down


The blade goes deep and must cut it before it heals
Me must cut before it, bleed before it heals
The slaves and beasts that nobody wants to be
Well I said it's time, I said it's time to free you


Every breath in me
I count another victory
I know that I'm my author of survival
Forgiveness is the force more powerful than any war
The hate dies as the women scream revival


And all this state of fear that wouldn't disappear from my mind
And I must let it drain out
walking on this glass
the pieces crushed too fast for me
but I will not be cut out


Silence squeezes denial till its bleeding
But I'm talking now, I'm saying this out loud
The apples and the leaves that are blooming on my trees
And I never thought they'd never thought they'd grow again


Every breath in me
I count another victory
I know that I'm my author of survival
Forgiveness is the force more powerful than any war
The hate dies as the women scream revival
Revival, Revival


Every breath
I count as nothing left
I know that I'm my author of survival
Forgiveness is the force more powerful than any war
The hate dies now, the hate dies now
The hate dies now, the hate dies now
The hate dies as the world needs a revival....


here's a note to the V-day Arsonists from Charlotte:
"Thank you to all the arsonists that came out to the hammerstein ballroom and handed out the new stromata postcards last night. you are all awesome and i so appreciate you spreading the word about the new album. i love you, and again, thank you!...xoxoxo char mar"











Charlotte Martin - V-Day - 6/19/06
photos by jules




Photos submitted by J. Scardullo for darkest-limits.com




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