Eve Ensler Begins Her Broadway Debut in The Good Body, Oct. 22

By Ernio Hernandez
October 22, 2004

Eve Ensler, known for her Vagina Monologues, expands her scope and makes her Broadway debut in her new work The Good Body, starting Oct. 22.

Presented by Harriet Newman Leve, The Araca Group and East of Doheny, the new work written and performed by the scribe-star Ensler will officially open Nov. 15. Peter Askin directs the 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).

The Good Body made its world premiere at San Francisco's American Conservartory Theatre this summer after 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.

Tickets to The Good Body at the Booth Theatre, 222 West 45 Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200.