IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD makes its New York Premiere at MTC
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Manhattan Theatre Club will present the New York premiere of the American Repertory Theater production of In the Body of the World as part of its 2017-18 off-Broadway season. The play is written and performed by Tony Award winner Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) and directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress). Performances will begin 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.
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Reading and Listening
Lots of exciting things are in the works! Stay tuned for information on future performances of In The Body of the World.
“Intimate and Unexpected…Ensler is a poet, whose sense of the rhythm of language infuses her writing with a lyricism that makes it perfect for the stage…Ensler’s poetic realization of the importance of connection and community is powerful enough on its own, and her voice and investment in the body of the world are more than enough to bring the audience along on her journey.” – The Boston Globe
“Handsomely staged, sensitively directed, and by turns insightful, oblivious, empathetic, myopic, funny and deeply sad.” – WBUR
“Powerful…A viscerally moving theatrical memoir…MUST SEE” – Joyce Kulhawik
“Laugh-out-Loud” – Cape Cod Times
“Ensler is Ridiculously Captivating” – Jared Bowen
“A play for humanity” – The Bay State Banner
Eve has adapted her critically acclaimed memoir In the Body of the World for the stage and will have its world premiere at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts starring Ensler, directed by Tony award winner Diane Paulus. In the Body of the World, celebrates the strength and joy that connect a single body to the planet. After being diagnosed with stage III/IV uterine cancer while working in the Congo. This diagnosis erased the boundaries between Ensler’s work and her own body. In this raw, humorous, and bold performance, Ensler charts the connections between the personal and the public, inviting and challenging all of us to come back into our bodies, and thus the world.
Read and Listen to what the critics are saying about In the Body of the World
– The Boston Globe
– Joyce’s Choices
– Cape Cod Times
– Edge Media Network
– Broadway World Boston