Presented by Harriet Newman Leve, The Araca Group and East of Doheny, the new work written and performed by The Vagina Monologues scribe-star Ensler begin previews Oct. 22 with an official opening Nov. 15. Peter Askin directs the 90-minute The Good Body, which is set for a limited 12 week engagement to run through Jan. 16, 2005.
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 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), Jill BC Du Boff (co-sound) 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.
Tickets to The Good Body at the Booth, 222 West 45 Street, are also available by calling (212) 239-6200.