In The Good Body, Eve Ensler turns her unique eye to the entirety of the female form.
Whether undergoing Botox 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 lifelong dialogue with her belly—a sassy and conniving antagonist in its own right.
Through her honest, insightful, and sometimes naughty portrayal of genuine experiences and real-life obsessions, Ensler strips the complicated issue of body politics down to its intimate essence, once again destroying pre-conceived notions about what women really think. This is new theatre at its finest: The Good Body will move, inspire, entertain—and just might make you blush a bit in the process.
Eve Ensler’s The Good Body is a personal story. She shares stories gathered from many people, but ultimately she tells her own story. That story is sometimes vain, sometimes confused, seldom clear and simple. She lashes out at corporations, at the government, at stereotypical “men.” And, much like Othello, she blames the people she loves the most for the failings she hates in herself.
She freely admits that body-image issues affect men as well as women. “As I’ve travelled across the world I’ve been really struck (by) the degree to which men are obsessed with their bodies and self-hating, too. It’s really moved me very deeply and opened my mind to ways of considering and thinking about men.”
“Ensler’s new show will resonate for those who aren’t perfectly satisfied with how they look in a bathing suit…… which pretty much means MOST of us!”
18-21 June & 23-28 June 2009
18 June – WAO Charity Night
28 June – Extra Matinee 3pm
Auditorium Hall, Sime Darby Convention Centre
RM82 & RM62 (Matinee RM52)
WAO Charity Night RM100
(RM3.00 Axcess ticketing fee applicable)
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Also sold at all Axcess ticket outlets in Klang Valley at Rock Corner Mid Valley Megamall, Tower Records Lot 10, Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Axcess office Section 14, 1 Utama Box Office, Parkson Sunway Pyramid, Penang – Tower Records Gurney Plaza, Johor Bahru – Music Valley Holiday Plaza.
Proceeds from the Opening night (18 June 2009) of the play will benefit the Women’s Aid Organization (WAO). The internationally acclaimed playwright of the Good Body, Eve Ensler, is also the founder of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. In line with the playwright’s good intentions, Catwoman Productions & ToniQ Creative also hopes to help raise awareness for the need to end violence against women in Malaysia in the course of staging the play.
Under the patronage of YB Dato’Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development