Emotional Creature: New Play by Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) Empowers Girls
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A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves and re-imagines the stories of a number of beloved characters to examine whether "happily ever after" is really even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy. It's set to get the Hollywood movie treatment this year in a film starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Learn More
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Featured review from Robert HaarRed Velvet
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I attended a preview performance with 2 other 50/60 year olds and the 20/something daughter of one of us - she teaches high school. We agreed that while we really wanted to like the play it just was too disjointed to hold our attention. Lots of the vignettes were riveting, the performances from the young women were outstanding, but as a whole the play just didn't work. It had no unifying point of view leaving us vaguely dissatisfied. None of us was aware that it was based on a book - perhaps reading that first might have helped, but as an freestanding entity the play was a disappointment.
Running time is 90 minutes, with no intermission.
Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, performer and activist. She is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs off Broadway and on London’s West End. Her experience performing that show inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Her other work includes plays such as The Good Body and Here, the memoir Insecure at Last and the novel I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, which became a New York Times bestseller in 2010.
"Emotional Creature is about being a girl in the world in 2011 and about discovering the girl in each of us," Ensler said in a statement. "It is about changing the verb from “please” to “create” or “defy” or “resist” or “imagine.” It is about traveling and dancing and refusing. It is about telling secrets and breaking taboos and building a posse. Where else would we begin this in America than Berkeley, in what other theatre than Berkeley Rep, which has a gorgeous history of pushing the edge, engaging in social issues, and conjuring community."
About the Ticket Supplier: Berkeley Repertory TheatreKnown for its amazing and adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a home for emerging and established artists since 1968. With two stages and a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Berkeley Rep premieres exhilarating new plays and reimagined classics. In the last five years alone, the company has helped send five shows to Broadway: Green Day's American Idiot, Bridge & Tunnel, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Passing Strange and Wishful Drinking. Come see tomorrow's plays today at Berkeley Rep.
Berkeley Rep operates two performance spaces: the Roda Theatre, a state-of-the-art 600-seat proscenium theatre, and the intimate, 400-seat Thrust Stage. The Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Berkeley's arts district, just a half block from the Berkeley BART station, near lots of restaurants, cafe, pubs, and cool retailers.