Color Magazine: In the Body of the World Premiers at A.R.T.

Publication date: 
April 25, 2016

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, presents the world premiere of IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, written and performed by Eve Ensler and directed by Diane Paulus.

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. While working in the Congo, where war continues to inflict devastating violence on women, Ensler was diagnosed with stage III/IV uterine cancer. This diagnosis erased the boundaries between Ensler’s art, her work, and her own body. This production 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.

Set and costume design is by Myung Hee Cho, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by M.L. Dogg, projections by Finn Ross, and movement by Jill Johnson. 

Each performance of In the Body of the World will be followed by a post-show discussion with doctors, experts, and activists from Harvard University and beyond. Guest speakers will include Dr. Eric Dozois, Program Director, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Mayo Clinic; Dr. Sean Dowdy, Professor and Chair, Division of Gynecologic Surgery, Deputy Director of Practice, Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery; Dr. Ned Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Director, Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University; Dr. Annekathryn Goodman, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School; Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Judith Lewis Herman, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Emerita at Harvard Medical School; Suzanne Koven, Primary Care Physician and Writer in Residence in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital; Susan Pories, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Medical Director of The Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital; Dr. Christopher Reddy, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Dr. Deborah Rhodes, Director, Executive Health Program, Mayo Clinic; Daniel P. Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology at Harvard University, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Other guests will be announced at a later date. Check AmericanRepertoryTheater.org for details and an updated list of speakers.

Community members are invited to engage in free In the Body of the World: Self-Care @ A.R.T. events before select matinee performances of In the Body of the World. Presented in partnership with the Harvard Center for Wellness, Self-Care @ A.R.T. offers skill-building opportunities ranging from physical health to mental and spiritual resiliency. These events require hands-on participation, and advance registration is required. Event topics, dates, and times will be updated regularly on our website americanrepertorytheater.org/self-care.  Events are free and open to the public. For more information contact A.R.T. Education & Community Programs: education@amrep.orgeducation@amrep.org

Performances of IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD begin on Tuesday, May 10 and run through Sunday, May 29 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge. Ticket prices from $25, now on sale by phone at 617.547.8300, in person at Ticket Services at 64 Brattle Street, or online AmericanRepertoryTheater.org

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