In the Body of the World
A.R.T. Season
May 10, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Written & Performed by Eve Ensler
Directed by Diane Paulus

In this world-premiere adaptation of her critically acclaimed 2013 memoir, Tony Award winner Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues, O.P.C.) celebrates the strength and joy that connect a single body to the planet. As an activist and artist, Ensler has spent her career speaking about the female body. While working in the Congo, where war continues to inflict devastating violence on women, she was diagnosed with stage III/IV uterine cancer. This diagnosis erased the boundaries between Ensler’s work and her own body.

In this raw, humorous, and bold performance staged by Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Crossing, Waitress), Ensler 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.

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Creative team
Written & Performed by Eve Ensler
Director Diane Paulus
Set & Costume Design Myung Hee Cho
Lighting Design Jen Schriever
Sound Design M. L. Dogg
Projection design Finn Ross
Movement Jill Johnson
Associate Director Allegra Libonati
Production Stage Manager Carolyn Rae Boyd
Additional staff
Stage Manager Katie Ailinger
Assistant Stage Manager Jenny Kennedy
Assistant Director Sammi Cannold
Associate Sound Designer

Josh Millican

Projections Assistant

Norah Solorzano

Projections Programmer

Matt Houstle

Dramaturg Ryan McKittrick
A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg

Aida Rocci

Assistant to Eve Ensler

Tony Montenieri

Voice Erika Bailey

There is a horrible irony here that the woman who got people talking about their bodies had hers ravaged…From the first line of this piece to the sumptuous last image we had in this show, I was completely rapt. More

Eve Ensler navigates her confrontation with cancer with the same unblinking intensity and humor she brought to other “taboo” topics. More

Ensler's performance is engaging and without a shred of artifice as she obliterates the fourth wall and addresses the audience in an intimate, conversational style. More

Playwright/actress Eve Ensler relates how she lost her personal connection to her body early in life, and tried to get it back – through anorexia, promiscuity and (this gets a laugh) performance art. More

Ensler as a solo performer holds us fast with her huge spirit and energy. She is funny and heartbreaking, a drama queen and a dynamo, and just so completely present and full of LIFE. Every word is the real deal and we feel it. More

Ensler, best known for “The Vagina Monologues,” is an internationally known activist and theater artist and, for some, a feminist heroine. The pairing of artistic director Diane Paulus (who helms this production) and Ensler is a dream team of much-admired female voices in contemporary theater. More

No experience is lost on Eve Ensler. Ensler is an author and artist who has immersed herself in the cause of stopping violence against women. More

Eve Ensler returns to the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) this month with a deeply personal, one-woman show that tells how her work with women brutalized by sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo helped her overcome stage IV uterine cancer. More

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. More

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. More


Press Releases

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) will present Open Captioned performances for the Deaf and hard of hearing, and Audio Described performances for blind and low-vision audience members for its production of IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, created and performed by Eve Ensler and directed by Diane Paulus, playing from May 10 through May 29 at the Loeb Drama Center.
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.

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25. Student rush tickets: $15. A.R.T. Subscribers, Members, and Student Members: Log into your account for discounts.

Run time

90 minutes with no intermission. Followed by an Act II discussion.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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Need to know

This show contains simulated drug use, nudity, strong language, and haze.

There is no guarantee that standing room will be available for sold-out performances however, if it becomes available a limited number of standing room tickets may be sold in person for select shows on the day of each show at 12 noon. The number of standing room tickets will not be known in advance of the ticket services office opening at 12PM. Please call our Ticket Services office with any ticket related questions at 617.547.8300. Hours are: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5PM.

Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 10 and up.

This emotional and intimate one-woman show deals with severe illness, abuse and trauma.  The play contains graphic descriptions of both psychic and physiological symptoms of illness, sexual abuse, and violence.

Audio Described

May 26, 7:30PM & May 28, 2PM


 Open Captioned

May 12, 7:30PM & May 15, 2PM




Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs


Audience members are invited to remain in the theater for a second act of curated discussions. For more information, click here

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Free, hands-on, skill-building events presented in partnership with the Harvard Center for Wellness. For more information, click here.