Eve Ensler (Playwright / Performer / Activist) is the award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues.
Her play The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 45 languages and is running in theaters all over the world, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway's Westside Theater and on London's West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment.) Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Ms. Ensler's performance in The Vagina Monologues can be seen in the HBO original documentary of the play (2002).
ON THE STAGE
The play is structured by a series of monologues that cover a full
spectrum of experiences women can have with their vaginas: dramatic
stories and happy stories. The Monologues show us how complicated
and difficult is be a woman and how, at the beginning, women are
ashamed to speak about their vagina, but at the end, they enjoy
speaking about it and they can’t stop speaking about it. The
Monologues try to solve the crisis of social taboo attached to
vaginas, capturing people's attention.
The Monologues have already caught the interest of hundred people of
every age and sex, especially between young people that every day
try to find the meaning and purpose of their lives. One of the key
of such a success is also the appeal of talking about what, until
now, was considerate “forbidden” subjects in a public setting.
Until now sex itself has been taboo for a long time, not many
students have heard, or better wanted to spell the words “vagina,”
“vulva,” or “clitoris” in public discourse but now, the possibility
to put it on stage guarantees an high level of interest among
especially many college students. The word vagina is still a secret
in today's society, but what the play and our young cast member
tries to do in her performance is to get the word out there.