Eve Ensler's In the Body of the World will run at New York City Center — Stage I.
Eve Ensler's In the Body of the World will run at New York City Center — Stage I.
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Manhattan Theatre Club has announced talkbacks in conjunction with the New York premiere of Eve Ensler's In the Body of the World. Directed by Diane Paulus, this American Repertory Theater production begins performances January 16, 2018, in advance of a February 6 opening at New York City Center - Stage I.

Based on Ensler's critically acclaimed memoir, In the Body of the World tells the story of how, while working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler's personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. In the Body of the World had its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University in May 2016.

Over the production's initial 10-week run, 21 postshow discussions will be led by a variety of acclaimed artists, activists, medical professionals, and scholars. Following the performance, audience members will be invited to come onstage and experience firsthand the unique set that designer Myung Hee Cho has created. They will then be invited to sit onstage and engage in an intimate conversation with the special guest speaker and a moderator. These discussions will focus on the special guest's experience in his or her own field through the lens of Eve's powerful, personal story.

Beyond the Stage talkbacks will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, January 18 (featuring Myung Hee Cho)
Tuesday, January 23, and Thursday March 8 (featuring Diane Paulus)
Saturday, January 27 after the 2pm performance (featuring Valisia LeKae)
Tuesday, January 30 (featuring Jill Johnson)
Saturday, February 3 after the 2pm performance (featuring Tony Montenieri, James Lescene, and Paula Allen)
Saturday, February 10 after the 2pm performance (featuring Cherie Henderson and Sandra Spannan)
February 13, 15, 16, 17 (featuring Christine "Mama C" Schuler Deschryver)
Tuesday, February 20 (featuring Anya Pearson)
Thursday, February 22 (featuring Eve Ensler)
Sunday, March 4 after the 2pm performance (featuring Dr. Sue Grand)
Tuesday, March 20 (featuring Lilian Ajayi-Ore)

For more information about In the Body of the World, click here.