Following 27 previews and 40 regular performances, the new work closes Dec. 19, two weeks prior to its recently announced closing date of Jan. 2. The Good Body began previews Oct. 22 and opened Nov. 15 for a limited run originally slated through Jan. 16, 2005.
Presented by Harriet Newman Leve, The Araca Group and East of Doheny, the new work by author of Vagina Monologues takes an "inside look at the outside," focusing further on the female anatomy. Peter Askin (Sexaholix, Trumbo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) directs.
Inspired by the widespread popularity of her previous boundary-breaking work The Vagina Monologues, Ensler spoke with women all over the world about their bodies in her travels. From those conversations, the scribe developed her own script for The Good Body which focuses on the rest of the female anatomy, exploring the lengths women go to for a culturally accepted perception of "good."
The Good Body made its world premiere at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre this summer after a workshop production at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Familiar with the solo genre, Askin has directed John Leguizamo's Sexaholix...a love story for Broadway as well as Dinner with Demons, Trumbo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mambo Mouth and Spic-O Rama. In addition to The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler has also written the plays Lemonade, Necessary Targets, The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man, Extraordinary Measures, Ladies and Scooncat. Her OBIE Award-winning Vagina Monologues is still produced around the world following its successful Off-Broadway run which opened on Oct. 3, 1999 and ran through Jan. 26, 2003.
The creative team for The Good Body comprises Robert Brill (set design), Susan Hilferty (costume design), Kevin Adams (lighting design), David Van Tieghem (sound design and original music), Jill BC Du Boff (co-sound) and Wendall K. Harrington (video design).
The Good Body performs at the Booth Theatre, 222 West 45 Street. For more information, visit www.thegoodbody.org.