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In the News
Milford Daily News: Eve Ensler shares her unique journey, passion at the A.R.T. in Cambridge (May 8, 2016)
How do you recover from a childhood with a father who molested you and a mother who emotionally abandoned you? Eve Ensler would be the first to tell you that it’s not an easy path forward, and she stumbled plenty along the way, but eventually she found healing through helping. Her inspiring journey ultimately led to her remarkable humanitarian work in the Congo.
In the play, which is staged in an approximation of Ensler’s New York City loft, the playwright/actress describes her experience of seeing her own illness as part and parcel of violence being done to the physical world.
In this world-premiere adaptation of her critically acclaimed 2013 memoir of the same name, activist and artist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues, Emotional Creature, The Good Body, O.P.C.) celebrates the strength and joy that connect a single body to the planet.
The intimate, quirky play merges life’s ordinary travails with upbeat pop tunes, creating an unexpected sense of comfort while underscoring the truth that we live in a world where pain is inevitable and that there’s not much we can do but take solace in small moments of common-sense connection.
Part storytelling, part musical, and always theatrical, this cabaret-style song cycle boldly goes where many of us don't really want to go and makes the subject of death less daunting than you might think.
See “We’re Gonna Die” before you do–a New England premiere directed by Shawn LaCount and presented by Company One Theatre & American Repertory Theater’s OBERON through April 29. Time is short.
WBUR: Nigerian Play ‘Hear Word!’ Asks Bold Questions In International Debut At Harvard (April 14, 2016)
There are so many forces at work in this awful story: political, social, religious, certainly misogyny. But Nigerian playwright Ifeoma Fafunwa says that if the world is to make an honest reckoning of how and why women are oppressed, women must ask themselves, “What’s my responsibility? What did I do to create this world?”
We’re Gonna Die is a unique collaboration for Janice and the live band soundtracking the show—Ethan Selby, Shahjehan Khan, Steve Sarro and Thom Dunn. They come from different backgrounds (music, theatre, stand-up comedy) but have had shared experiences trying to make it work from gig to gig in creative fields.
Director Shawn LaCount says Janice’s fearlessness made her the perfect choice for “We’re Gonna Die,” playwright Young Jean Lee’s combination of funny and frightening stories of family, death, failure, and loneliness, framed within an upbeat, rock concert setting.