The new play, written and performed by Ensler, will begin previews Oct. 22 at the Booth Theatre with an official opening set for Nov. 15. The limited 12-week engagement will run through Jan. 16, 2005. Peter Askin directs.
In The Good Body, Ensler, according to production notes, "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, to be accepted, to be 'good.' Merging these cross-cultural explorations with her own personal journey to come to terms with her 'less-than-flat, post-40s stomach.'" Ensler's new work was presented at San Francisco's ACT earlier this summer.
The creative team for The Good Body comprises Robert Brill (set design), Susan Hilferty (costume design), Kevin Adams (lighting design), David Yan Tieghem (sound design and original music) and Wendall K. Harrington (video design).
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 Good Body will offer performances Mondays at 8 PM, Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday nights at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM. After its official opening, the show will play Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are priced at $80.