YYP & Associates broke new ground producing the first all-Black celebrity versions of the Eve Ensler play, The Vagina Monologues, from 2001 – 2008. This year, they have again produced an ensemble cast of women discussing their most personal and prized possession, but after 8 years of staging the Eve Ensler play, The Vagina Monologues, YYP is producing the Sharon K. McGhee-penned The Pocketbook Monologues.
Cast members include Ella Joyce (Roc and Set it Off), Taj Johnson George (SWV and Survivor: Tocantins), Essence Atkins (Half & Half and Smart Guy), London “Deelishis” Charles (Flavor of Love winner: Season 2), Nicci Gilbert (Brownstone), Lisa Wu Hartwell (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Myra J (Radio personality), Kandi Burruss (Xscape and Real Housewives of Atlanta), Shay “Buckeey” Johnson (Flavor of Love and Charm School), as well as writer Sharon K. McGhee with a special musical performance by Hidden Beach Recording Artist, Mike Phillips.
The YYP stage productions served as fundraising efforts for organizations such as The Mary Magdalene Project, Alexandria House, The Rebecca Project, ULOAH and LeMusica – organizations that work towards ending violence towards women and girls. The successful staged runs included such notable talents as, Mo’Nique, Star Jones, Sherri Shepherd, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and LisaRaye McCoy among others.
The Pocketbook Monologue’s writer McGhee is the news director for WVON in Chicago and wrote The Pocketbook Monologues to address the new numbers of HIV/AIDS cases in communities of color and to teach young women and girls about sexual responsibility, respect and intimacy. Says McGhee: “It might be good…but it is not worth dying for. I want to take our message of responsible sexual behavior from city to city…state to state and around the world where women and girls of color are dying from HIV/AIDS.” The Pocketbook Monologues – similar in format to The Vagina Monologues uses the term “pocketbook” as a colloquialism and the show is performed by our “coin purses” aged 8 to 18.
The Pocketbook Monologues is currently playing to sold-out audiences in New York, Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee.
Contact GIC Public Relations for booking information, or to interview the creator Sharon McGee and producer Yetta Young.