New Ensler Solo Play, The Good Body, to Premiere at ACT, June 24, 2004

News   New Ensler Solo Play, The Good Body, to Premiere at ACT, June 24, 2004
A new, possibly Broadway-bound solo play by The Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler will have its world premiere at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre in summer 2004.
Eve Ensler
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The piece, The Good Body, will run June 24-July 25, 2004, at the Geary Theatre. It will be the eighth and final selection of the ACT 2003-04 subscription season.

The Good Body is about the world-wide effort by women to make themselves beautiful according to the dictates of their culture. Ensler interviewed women from over 30 countries to discover how they mutilate and manipulate their bodies, from Western liposuction and Botox parties to the brass rings of Thailand's long-necked Padong people and the hijab (headscarf) of the Muslim world.

Ensler told the San Francisco Examiner on July 23, 2002, "After I came to love my vagina, I started to despise my stomach. And I thought, 'As a feminist, how can I spend so many hours hating my stomach?' My journey is about coming to love my stomach. I wish I could say I was completely successful."

Ensler also told the Examiner that she hoped to bring The Good Body to Broadway.

Ensler is also the author of the plays Lemonade, Necessary Targets, The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man, Extraordinary Measures, Ladies and Scooncat. Her Vagina Monologues has been produced around the world and acted out by a wide variety of actresses. A successful three-year, Off-Broadway run concluded on Jan. 26, 2003.

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