Botox, bulimia, breast implants: Eve Ensler, author of the international sensation The Vagina Monologues, is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a "good body".
"In the fifties", Eve writes, girls were "pretty, perky. They wore girdles and waist cinchers….In recent years, good girls climb the corporate ladder, go to the gym, wear pointy, painful shoes…..They don't eat too much. They don't eat at all. They stay perfect. They stay thin. I could never be good."
THE GOOD BODY talks about our tortured relationships with our weight, body image and self-acceptance - with voices of women from L.A. to Kabul: A young Latina candidly critiques her humiliating "spread", a stubborn layer of fat that she calls "a second pair of thighs". The wife of a plastic surgeon recounts being systematically reconstructed, inch by inch, by her "perfectionist husband". An aging magazine executive, still haunted by her mother's long-ago criticism, describes her desperate pursuit of youth as she relentlessly does sit-ups.
Along the way, Eve also introduces us to women who have found a hard-won peace with their bodies: an African mother who celebrates each individual body as a sign of nature's diversity, and Indian woman who delights in her curves. Then there is the veiled Afghani woman who is willing to risk imprisonment for a taste of ice-cream. These are just few of the inspiring stories woven through Eve's global journey from obsession to enlightenment. Ultimately, these monologues become a personal wake-up call for us to love the "good bodies" we inhabit.
CREATIVE / PRODUCTION TEAM: Executive Producer Rossana Abueva Director Rito Asilo Artistic Director Monique Wilson Light Designer Martin Esteva VENUE: MUSIC MUSEUM
DATES/TIME: November 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday) 9pm TICKETS: P600.00 (Orchestra Center - Reserved)
P450.00 (Orchestra Side - First Come, First Served)
P300.00 (Balcony - First Come, First Served)
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(Am actually helping market this cause I helped design their poster! Heheheh. And also because I strongly believe in the message the play speaks of. Love your bodies, people! Love who you are!)