Tracy Brigden — who directed the multi-actress version to extended run success at Pittsburgh's City Theatre — brings the staging to the Connecticut company for a three-week run. Casting and exact dates are yet to be announced.
The work by author of Vagina Monologues takes an "inside look at the outside," focusing further on the female anatomy. Ensler starred in the work which ran on Broadway as a one-woman show. (Her Vagina Monologues was similarly broken down for a three-actress cast Off-Broadway.)
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 (herself included) go to for a culturally accepted perception of "good." Among a number of characters featured in the work is actress Isabella Rossellini.
Following 27 previews and 40 regular performances, Ensler's Broadway debut in the work closed Dec. 19, 2004 at the Booth Theatre. The Good Body began previews Oct. 22 and opened Nov. 15 for a limited run. She subsequently embarked on national tour which played through the 2005-2006 season. Peter Askin (Sexaholix, Trumbo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) had directed the world premiere at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre following a workshop production at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
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. Hartford Stage currently presents Luis Alfaro's Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (through April 1) and continues with Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife (April 12-May 13) and Nightingale written by and starring Lynn Redgrave (May 24-June 24).
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