PHOTO CALL: Eve Ensler's Emotional Creature Begins Off-Broadway
By Krissie Fullerton
06 Nov 2012
Emotional Creature, the new play by Eve Ensler that had its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in June, began performances Off-Broadway Oct. 26. The piece by Ensler, the Tony Award-honored playwright, performer, activist and author known for The Vagina Monologues and The Good Body, focuses on what it is to be a girl in the modern world.
Based on Ensler's 2010 bestselling book, Emotional Creature "explores what it is to be a girl — all the joys and thrills, the rites of passage, the growing pains, and the unique pressures — through a series of original monologues, stories, and songs."
The production "spans wildly disparate cultures and continents, highlighting the diversity and commonality of the issues girls face, both personal and political, the world over."
The play was first workshopped at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College in August 2010, with subsequent workshops in Johannesburg, South Africa and Paris, France.
The cast of Emotional Creature features a young ensemble of six: Ashley Bryant (A Free Man of Color), Molly Carden (The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight at Ensemble Studio Theatre), Emily S. Grosland (Off-Broadway debut), 2012 Theatre World Award winner Joaquina Kalukango (Hurt Village), Sade Namei (The Flying Latke at the Flea) and Olivia Oguma (A Christmas Carol, Mamma Mia!).
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.