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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES launched the V-Day movement and now, twenty years later, Eve is back on stage again in her new one-woman show

Twenty years ago, Eve's play The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming). The play and the playwright exploded onto the scene, garnering headlines and rave reviews, filling the theater night after night, breaking taboos, opening spaces for dialogue where they hadn't existed before, and shattering the silence around women's experiences with sexuality and violence. It was path-breaking. In 2006, The New York Times called The Vagina Monologues "probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade."

In the Body of the World, a powerful new play based on Eve's critically acclaimed memoir opens at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC's Stage I at NY City Center) on 6 February, with previews beginning 16 January.

While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eve was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with humor and grit, Eve's personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directing this bold, unflinching and inspiring piece is Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin). In the Body of the World is an American Repertory Theater production.

Some performances will feature talkbacks with guest speakers to go 'beyond the stage' and further explore the subject matter. Speakers include Christine Schuler Deschryver (Feb 13, 15, 16 & 17), Eve herself (Feb 22), and Cynthia Nixon (March 1), along with a range of artists, medical professionals, scholars and activists. Click here to see the calendar on the show website (tap the green squares to see guest speakers).

Special discount code VDAY available for V-Day and One Billion Rising activists and supporters. Info and tickets here.

Manhattan Theatre Club is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Click here to read more about the facilities and available services.

Limit: 6 per order. All tickets are $45 plus $2.50 facility fee (regular price is $90). This offer is good in all areas of the house, for all performances except opening night (6 Feb). Handling fees for online and phone orders apply.

"This play changed the world. Seeing it changed my soul. Performing in it changed my life. I am forever indebted to Eve and the transformative legacy of this play." - Kerry Washington

This new edition of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (Ballantine Trade Paperback) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the play that changed the way women think about their bodies.

Full of new content, it features a foreword by Jacqueline Woodson, an afterword by One Billion Rising Director Monique Wilson, a new introduction by Eve, six never-before-published Spotlight monologues, and a chapter on V-Day by Executive Director Susan Celia Swan and Senior Programs Director Purva Panday Cullman. 100% of the author royalties will be donated to V-Day.

Get your copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Vagina Monologues >



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