The Vagina Monologues had a hit off Broadway run in New York in the 1996/97 season, winning a Drama Desk Award nomination and an Obie Award. The play has subsequently been performed on tour in America with great success. The Vagina Monologues was the centerpiece for V-Day, a gala theatrical and musical charity event, which took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on Valentine's Day 1998.
Artists taking part in this event included Whoopi Goldberg, Winona Ryder, Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon. The Vagina Monologues, subtitled "An Anthropological Exploration", reveals a series of different women's stories and experiences involving their genitalia. The material was gathered from hundreds of intimate interviews, conducted by Ensler, in which women were asked probing questions such as "If it your vagina could talk, what would it say?"