American Conservatory Theater Presents Eve Ensler's The Good Body
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The last date listed for The Good Body was Sunday August 1, 2004 / 2:00pm.
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“Eve Ensler radiates vigor, purpose, confidence.” —Seattle Times
The Good Body opens on Broadway in August
!Ensler’s OBIE Award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, continues to play to sold-out houses around the globe. Translated into 22 languages, The Vagina Monologues has also been produced as a special presentation of HBO Films and released on DVD.
Since her one-woman show The Vagina Monologues shot down societal notions of acceptable topics in theaters — and inspired legions of independent productions and community events around the world — playwright and activist Eve Ensler has turned her unique eye on the rest of the female form.
Whether undergoing Botox or living under burkhas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in with their particular culture, in order to be accepted, in order to be good. In The Good Body, Ensler explores their experiences with monologues representing women from Bombay to Beverly Hills. Delivering narratives collected in locker rooms, cell blocks, boardrooms, and bedrooms, Ensler frames their stories with her own personal journey from a self-loathing teenager to a (sometimes) self-accepting adult. Interspersed throughout are riotous excerpts from Ensler’s lifelong dialogue with her belly — a sassy and conniving antagonist in its own right.
Through her honest, insightful, and sometimes naughty portrayal of genuine experiences and real-life obsessions, Ensler strips the complicated issue of body politics down to its intimate essence, once again destroying pre-conceived notions about what women really think. This is new theater at its finest: The Good Body will move, inspire, entertain — and just might make you blush a bit in the process.