Wadsworth Theatre Presents Eve Ensler's Broadway Show The Good Body
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A dazzling who's who of Hollywood and Broadway talent will come together for this special benefit concert at The Pasadena Playhouse to help raise money to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following November's devastating typhoon. Performers donating their time and remarkable talents include Lea Thompson (Cabaret, NBC's Caroline in the City), Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls), Sam Harris (The Producers), Nicole Parker (Wicked), Gwen Stewart (Rent), Valerie Perri (Evita, Gypsy) and many more. Proceeds will support the American Red Cross' Typhoon Appeal and its efforts to assist overseas as the people of the Philippines begin to recover and rebuild. Please see the full event description for a complete list of scheduled performers. Learn More
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Eve Ensler is in top form as she takes you through a roller-coaster ride of emotions: laugher, pain, sadness, loss, anger and awe... beautifully and simply staged, with wonderful presentation. A deeply moving and thought-provoking experience.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Ensler is a phenomenon!" --Newsday
- "Forthrightly funny, bristling with wisecracks and exotically harvested snippets of wisdom." --New York Times
- "Hilarious!" --Variety
- "Utterly captivating and hilarious!" --Oakland Tribune
- "Passionate, funny, frank, revealing, even shocking." --San Francisco Chronicle
- "All of the earmarks of a masterwork." --Contra-Costa Times
- "Fascinating, engaging, and scaldingly funny." --Philadelphia Inquirer
- "Fascinating, funny, and shrewd." --New York Post
- "Insightful, entertaining and hilarious!" --Associated Press
The Good Body, written and performed by Eve Ensler, debuted on Broadway in October 2004, following a workshop production at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and an engagement at ACT in San Francisco. The Good Body is directed by Peter Askin. The tour is produced by Harriet Newman Leve, in association with Ron Nicynski, Mark Kaplan and Michele Crowley. Associate producers are Allison Prouty and Laura Wagner. The tour is managed by 321 Theatrical Management. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will benefit V-Day, the global movement founded by Ensler to end violence against women and girls.
When Eve Ensler takes the stage, she doesn’t just perform a play…she causes a sensation. In The Good Body she takes an inside look at the outside, exploring the cultures of beauty, food and desire through the eyes of women around the world. This provocative, hilarious, and profoundly moving show promises to be no less extraordinary than Eve’s previous triumph, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, which inspired a worldwide revolution.
With The Good Body, Eve Ensler turns her unique eye to the rest of the female form. Whether undergoing botox injections or living beneath burkhas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in. THE GOOD BODY merges cross-cultural explorations with Eve’s own personal journey coming to terms with her ‘less-than-flat, post-40’s stomach.’ The Associated Press called The Good Body, “Insightful, entertaining and hilarious,” the San Francisco Chronicle described it as, “Passionate, funny, frank, revealing, even shocking,” while The New York Times said The Good Body is, “forthrightly funny, bristling with wisecracks and exotically harvested snippets of wisdom.”
The Good Body features set designs by Tony nominee Robert Brill (Assassins), costume design by recent Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty (Wicked) and lighting design by Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Sound design and original music is by David Van Tieghem (Doubt), co-designed by Jill B.C. Du Boff (The Constant Wife).
Eve Ensler (Playwright/Performer/Activist), award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, most recently performed her new play The Good Body on Broadway in NYC, at ACT in San Francisco, and in a workshop production at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Ensler is founder and artistic director of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. The Vagina Monologues has been translated into more than 35 languages and has run in theaters worldwide, including sold-out runs at Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End (2002 Olivier Award nom., Best Entertainment). Her play Necessary Targets, set in a Bosnian refugee camp, opened Off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theatre in February 2002, following a hit run at Hartford Stage Company. Ensler’s other plays include Conviction, Lemonade, The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man and Extraordinary Measures. The Good Body, The Vagina Monologues, and Necessary Targets have been published by Villard/ Random House, who will also publish Ms. Ensler’s upcoming books I Am an Emotional Creature and V-World. Ensler is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship Award in playwriting, the 2002 Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award for leadership, and the Matrix Award (2002). She is an executive producer of “What I Want My Words to Do to You,” a documentary about the writing group she has led since 1998 at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. The film had its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the Freedom of Expression Award; the film premiered nationally on PBS’s “P.O.V.”
Peter Askin (Director). Recent NY credits: Eve Ensler’s The Good Body on Broadway; Privilege by Paul Weitz; Trumbo, starring Nathan Lane followed by a rotating cast, including Paul Newman and Brian Dennehy; Mike O’Malley’s Searching For Certainty; John Leguizamo’s Sexaholix, Spic-O-Rama, and Mambo Mouth. He also directed the New York, London and Los Angeles productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Dael Orlandersmith’s Monster, Beauty’s Daughter and The Gimmick. Past New York credits include: Dinner With Demons; How It Hangs; Linda Her; Beauty Marks; Ourselves Alone; Reno; Reality Ranch; and Down An Alley Filled With Cats. Film: Peter has written (and co-written) a number of screenplays including Smithereens and Paramount Classic’s Company Man (which he also co-directed with Doug McGrath), with Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro and Woody Allen. He recently finished adapting Martin Millar’s Good Fairies of New York, and is currently adapting Someone Else’s Child by Nancy Woodruff. Television: Peter directed the HBO production of Spic-O-Rama for which he won a Cable Ace. He was the Supervising Producer for John Leguizamo’s HBO/Fox comedy series “House of Buggin’.”
Thursday, Feb. 2: This performance has a special question and answer after the show with Eve Ensler and special guest, Cindy Sheehan, who is the mother of the killed soldier who is leading a protest against the Iraq War. For more info on Sheehan, visit http://www.gsfp.org/.