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In the Body of the World

  • May 10, 2016 - May 29, 2016

  • Loeb Drama Center

  • Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission. Followed by an Act II discussion.

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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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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.

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Click here to read the show’s program. 

Read more about the show on the A.R.T. Blog:

Divided: An Excerpt From In The Body Of The World

Rising: An Interview with Jane Mukuninwa

Turning Pain to Power: The City of Joy

Interview with dramaturg Aida Rocci

In the Body of the World Podcast: Dramaturgy


In the Body of the World Podcast: An Introduction

Notable dates

Audio Described Dates

May 26, 7:30PM – May 28, 2PM

Open Captioned

May 12, 7:30PM – May 15, 2PM

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.

Discussions

ACT II

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

Self-Care @ A.R.T.

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

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Creative team

Written & Performed by

Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler

Written & Performed by

Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, and author of the theatrical phenomenon and Obie Award winning The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Eve’s plays include Necessary Targets, The Good Body, Emotional Creature, O.P.C. (which premiered at A.R.T. in 2014) and The Fruit Trilogy, which just premiered at the WOW Festival in London and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Her books include Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir; the New York Times bestseller I Am An Emotional Creature, and her critically acclaimed memoir In the Body of the World on which this play is based. She has written numerous articles for The Guardian, Time, Elle France and the International Herald Tribune. Ensler’s film credits include an HBO film version of The Vagina Monologues. She also co-produced the film What I Want My Words to Do to You, winner of the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival and premiered on PBS’s “P.O.V.” Ensler was a consultant on the 2016 Oscar nominated film Mad Max Fury Road. In 1998 Ensler founded V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls and in 2013, its evolution, ONEW BILLION RISING, a global mass action campaign linking racial, gender, economic and climate injustice in over 200 countries. She was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.” Eve is thrilled to be working with Diane Paulus and the entire A.R.T. team. 

 

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Director

Diane Paulus

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Director

Diane Paulus

Diane Paulus is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, and was selected for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (Pippin). A.R.T.: ExtraOrdinary, Jagged Little Pill, The White Card, Eve Ensler’s In the Body of the WorldWaitress (currently on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the West End at the Adelphi Theatre, and US National Tour), Crossing (a new American opera with music and libretto by Matt Aucoin), Finding Neverland (currently on US National Tour), Witness Uganda, Pippin (Tony Award, Best Revival and Best Director), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, Best Revival, NAACP Award, Best Direction), Prometheus Bound, Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, Best of Both Worlds, Johnny Baseball, The Donkey Show. Her other recent work includes Gloria: A Life at the Daryl Roth Theatre, Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, currently on tour in the US, Invisible Thread at Second Stage, and The Public Theater’s Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR on Broadway and London’s West End. As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute, the complete Monteverdi cycle, and the trio of Mozart-Da Ponte operas, among others. Diane is Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department. She was selected as one of Variety’s “Trailblazing Women in Entertainment for 2014” and Boston Magazine’s “50 Thought Leaders of 2014.”

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Set & Costume Design

Myung Hee Cho

Set & Costume Design

Myung Hee Cho

A.R.T.: In the Body of the World. Opera: The Trojan Women, National Theater of Korea; The Thieving Magpie, Glimmerglass Opera; The Marriage of Figaro, Washington National Opera; The Magic Flute, Canadian Opera Company. Off-Broadway: Emotional Creature, Linney Theatre (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Regional: Stuck Elevator, American Conservatory Theater; Black Odyssey, Denver Center; Miss Julie, Geffen Playhouse; Yellow Face, Mark Taper Forum and Public Theater; The Piano Teacher, South Coast Repertory. International: The Good Person of Szechuan, Landestheater, Austria; Awaking, Singapore Theatre Festival. Recipient of Princess Grace Awards and Professor of Design, UCLA.

 

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Lighting Design

Jen Schriever

Lighting Design

Jen Schriever

A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Broadway: Eclipsed, Public Theater; Ghetto Klown. Off-Broadway: ToasT, A Second Chance, Public Theater; Night is a Room, Signature; Mala Hierba, American Hero, Second Stage; Sunset Baby, Labyrinth; Bright Half Life, Women’s Project. Regional includes: Goodman, Goodspeed, Studio, Woolly Mammoth, Papermill, CenterStage, Signature, Williamstown. Opera: The Pearl Fishers, ENO, Met; Die Fledermaus, Met; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, La Traviata, Mariinsky Theater (Russia). Dance: Liz Lerman’s Healing Wars. jenschriever.com. 

 

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Sound Design

M. L. Dogg

Sound Design

M. L. Dogg

A.R.T.: The Shape She Makes. M.L. Dogg has designed for such companies as Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Cherry Lane Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Colt Coeur, New Group, MCC Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre Company, Royal National Theatre, Debate Society, Ars Nova, Joey Parnes Productions, South Coast Repertory, Signature Theatre, Pearl Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Public Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Nicholas Ward Productions, Scott Sanders Productions, and Women’s Project.  Drama Desk, IRNE, and IT nominee; Lortel award for Here Lies Love, fringeNYC award for Go-Go Kitty, GO!.

 

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Projection Design

Finn Ross

Projection Design

Finn Ross

A.R.T.: Crossing. Broadway: American Psycho, Almeida, West End; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, West End; Betrayal. London: Frankenstein, Royal Ballet; The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Royal Opera House; Chimerica, Almeida; Closer, Donmar Warehouse; Master and Margarita, All My Sons, Shunkin, Complicite; Top Girls, West End. Opera: The Feeling of Going, Skånes Dansteater and Malmö Opera; Death of Klinghoffer, Death in Venice, Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, The Damnation of Faust, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, ENO; Hansel and Gretel, A Dog’s Heart, The Magic Flute, Netherlands Opera; La clemenza di Tito, Mr Brouček, Opera North; Theatre an der Wien; Imago; Glyndebourne; RNT; Scottish Opera; LA Phil; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Schauspielhaus, Köln; Traverse; Gothenburg Opera; Bregenz. Ross has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony, and a Drama Desk Award. Training: Central School of Speech and Drama.

 

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Movement

Jill Johnson

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Movement

Jill Johnson

A.R.T.: Crossing, O.P.C. Director of Dance, Senior Lecturer in Music and Theater, Dance & Media; Artistic Director of the Harvard Dance Project, at Harvard University. Graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School; a 28-year veteran of the dance field, Johnson choreographs for film, television, and the stage; has danced in over 50 tours on 5 continents. Was soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and a principal dancer and researcher in William Forsythe’s company Frankfurt Ballet. Stages Forsythe’s work worldwide, including for Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala, Batsheva Dance Company, Norwegian National Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. Is a founding collaborator of The Movement Invention Project in New York, and has served on the faculties of and created choreographic work for Princeton University, Columbia University, the Juilliard School and NYU; and has created 12 new works at Harvard since 2011 including, Paper Wing, What Moves You?, and dance installations RE: RE: RE:, and LOOK UP. Recent collaborations include those with the Harvard Choruses, Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dries Van Noten and the Louvre Musee des Arts Decoratif, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. 

 

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Associate Director

Allegra Libonati

Associate Director

Allegra Libonati

A.R.T.: The Pirate Princess, The Light Princess, Hansel and Gretel (Director); The Snow Queen (Director/Adapter); The Donkey Show (Resident Director); The Tempest, Prometheus Bound (Associate Director), Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, Best of Both Worlds (Assistant Director). OBERON: Once In Hell: Dante’s Inferno in 10 Dinner Courses; Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I’m Willing to Settle: A Musical Guide to Internet Dating. Broadway: HAIR (Assistant Director, Tony Award-winning Revival). Summer Theater of New Canaan: South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, H4 (an original adaptation of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2).

 

 

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Production Stage Manager

Carolyn Rae Boyd

Production Stage Manager

Carolyn Rae Boyd

ART: Crossing, Witness Uganda, Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera, Sleep No More, Let Me Down Easy. International: Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera. Off-Broadway: Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, McKittrick Hotel; Invisible Thread, Second Stage. Many productions at Williamstown Theater Festival, Boston Ballet, Huntington Theater, Hangar Theater. BFA in Stage Management from Boston University College of Fine Arts.

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Additional staff

Stage Manager

Katie Ailinger

Stage Manager

Katie Ailinger

A.R.T.: Trans Scripts, Part I: The WomenThe Plough and the Stars, In the Body of the World, Nice Fish, The Tempest, The Lily’s Revenge, The Donkey Show, Woody Sez, Futurity: A Musical By The Lisps, Ajax. Off-Broadway: Nice Fish, St. Ann’s Warehouse; Nixon’s Nixon, Fresh Play Festival, MCC Theater; Trial by Water, I Land, Ma-Yi Theatre. Boston area: Choice, The Second Girl, Cry of the Reed, Streamers, Huntington Theatre Company; Other Desert Cities, RED, The Divine Sister, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, SpeakEasy Stage Company; God’s Ear, Pericles, Henry VIII, Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Additional credits include Center Theatre Group, Theatre @ Boston Court, Milwaukee Rep, Trinity Rep, and WGBH’s annual concert A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. BFA: University of Southern California (Stage Management). Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

 

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Assistant Stage Manager

Jenny Kennedy

Assistant Stage Manager

Jenny Kennedy

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: The King & I, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Red. Off-Broadway: The Wedge Horse, Fault Line Theatre; A Minister’s Wife, When I Come To Die, Lincoln Center Theater; Mr. & Mrs. Fitch, Second Stage Theatre; The Play Company. New York: Retro Productions, The Civilians, BC/EFA, Baryshnikov Arts Center. Regional: Nine seasons with Chautauqua Theater Company; Kavinoky Theatre; Jewish Repertory Theatre.

 

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Assistant Director

Sammi Cannold

Sammi Cannold

Assistant Director

Sammi Cannold

A.R.T. (Director): Endlings, Violet on a moving bus. A.R.T. (Assistant Director): In the Body of the World; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; The Pirate Princess. Recent directing credits: Ragtime on Ellis Island; Endlings, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference (Workshop), Playwrights Realm (Workshop). Associate Director: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (dir. Rachel Chavkin), Broadway; In the Body of the World (dir. Diane Paulus), MTC; Lempicka (dir. Rachel Chavkin), Williamstown Theatre Festival; Gloria: A Life (dir. Diane Paulus), Daryl Roth Theatre. One of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment (2019), Sammi has served as an Artistic Fellow at the A.R.T., a member of Cirque du Soleil’s Creative Cognoscenti, and a Sundance Institute Fellow. Education: BA, Stanford University; MA, Harvard University.

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Associate Sound Designer

Josh Millican

Projections Assistant

Norah Solorzano

Projections Programmer

Matt Houstle

Dramaturg

Ryan McKittrick

Dramaturg

Ryan McKittrick

Received his M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training and his B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard. His articles on theater have appeared in The Boston Globe, Correspondence, A.R.T. News, ARTicles, Theatre, and The Boston Phoenix. Mr. McKittrick is a recipient of the TCG New Generations Award and the NTC Scholarship Award. He is also a Lecturer in Theater Arts at Brandeis University. His co-translations with Julia Smeliansky include Anton Chekhov’s Lady with a Lapdog, Rezo Gabriadze’s Forbidden Christmas, and The Selected Letters of Olga Bokshanskaya.

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A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg

Aida Rocci

Assistant to Eve Ensler

Tony Montenieri

Voice

Erika Bailey

Voice

Erika Bailey

A.R.T.: We Live in CairoEndlings; Othello; ExtraOrdinary; Jagged Little Pill; WARHOLCAPOTE; Burn All Night; The Night of the Iguana; Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women; Fingersmith; Waitress; In the Body of the World; O.P.C. Broadway: Mary Stuart. Regional: New Electric Ballroom, Gloucester Stage Company; Absurd Person Singular, Nora Theatre Company; Arms and the Man, Guthrie Theatre; A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theatre; The Foreigner, Cabaret, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kansas City Repertory Theatre. As Head of Voice and Speech at A.R.T., Erika also teaches voice in the Theater, Dance & Media concentration at Harvard as well as teaching public speaking skills across the university. Education: MA, Voice Studies, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; MFA, Acting, Brandeis University.

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