New York City
Since her one-woman show The Vagina Monologues shot down societal notions of acceptable topics in theatres and inspired legions of independent productions and community events around the world, playwright and activist Eve Ensler has turned her unique eye on the rest of the female form. Whether undergoing Botox treatment or living under burkhas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in with their particular culture, in order to be accepted, in order to be good. In The Good Body, Ensler explores their experiences with monologues representing women from Bombay to Beverly Hills. Delivering narratives collected in locker rooms, cell blocks, boardrooms, and bedrooms, Ensler frames their stories with her own personal journey from a self-loathing teenager to a (sometimes) self-accepting adult. Interspersed throughout are riotous excerpts from Ensler’s own lifelong dialogue with her belly – a sassy and conniving antagonist in its own right.