Eve Ensler’s play “The Good Body” concludes it’s Humboldt run on Friday, March 20th at the Arcata Playhouse after taking a local production all over the county.
Eve Ensler, best known for “The Vagina Monologues,” wrote “The Good Body,” to take a look at attitudes to the female body. As they put it on her website, after dealing with vaginas, “Ensler turns her unique eye to the rest of the female form. Whether undergoing botox injections or living beneath burqas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in. “The Good Body” merges cross-cultural explorations with Eve’s own personal journey coming to terms with her “less-than-flat, post-forties stomach.”
Ensler ended up traveling the world, visiting more than 40 countries over a research trip on body image that spanned six years. She writes of her journey, “The Good Body” began with me and my particular obsession with my “imperfect” stomach. I charted this self-hatred, recorded it, tried to follow it back to its source. Here, unlike the women in “The Vagina Monologues,” I am my own victim, my own perpetrator. Of course, the tools of my self-victimization have been made readily available. The pattern of the perfect body has been programmed into me since birth. But whatever the cultural influences and pressures, my preoccupation with my flab, my constant dieting, exercising, worrying, is self-imposed. I pick up the magazines. I buy into the ideal. I believe that blond, flat girls have the secret. What is far more frightening than narcissism is the zeal for self-mutilation that is spreading, infecting the world.”
Ensler is also the founder and artistic director of V-Day (www.vday.org), the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Poet/activist Vanessa Pike-Vrtiak serves as director of the local performance. She says, “Humboldt County has a rich history of celebrating the work of the V- Day Global Movement. “The Good Body” is a production that will captivate all audiences, as well as raise awareness on the importance of loving our bodies.”
The Good Body troupe includes: Pike-Vrtiak, Lela Angelina Annotto-Pamberton, Wendy Burns, Klark Depew, Taylor Depew, Marche Hines, Samantha Silva, Andreina Loaiza Longoria, Mary May, and Michelle Purnell. Costume Design by Savannah Edwards, Makeup Design at Natasha Mariani.
“The Good Body” runs Friday, March 6th with another performance Saturday, March 7th, both shows start at 7pm in HSU’s Studio Theater. There’s a matinee Sunday, March 15th at The Eureka Women’s Club at 4pm, at The Garberville Theater on March 19th at 7pm (a benefit for the Garberville Theater) and Friday, March 20th at the Arcata Playhouse at 7pm.
Tickets available in Arcata at Wildberries and at Good Relations in Eureka.