The new work from the author of Vagina Monologues began previews at the California company's Geary Theatre June 24 and opens June 30. The run was originally slated through July 25 but has extended "due to very strong advance ticket sales," according to an A.C.T. release.
Ensler has previously mentioned the work to be Broadway-bound. No official announcement for a New York run has been made.
Peter Askin directs the 90-minute The Good Body, which is performed without an intermission and recommended for audiences age 13 and up.
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."
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. The design team for The Good Body features Robert Brill (sets),Susan Hilferty (costumes), Kevin Adams (lights), David Van Tieghem (sound) and Wendall Harrington (projections).
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.
For tickets to The Good Body at A.C.T., 415 Geary St. in San Francisco, CA, call (415) 749-2250. Single tickets will be available Aug. 8. For more information, visit www.act-sf.org.