The Theatrical Journey of Emotional Creature Begins in South Africa - Workshop Production Opens to Sold-Out Crowds!
Over the last few weeks, girls from South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe have come together for a workshop production of Eve's best-selling new work Emotional Creature in Johannesburg. Witnessing this process has been a unique and moving experience for V-Day, and has made clear the fierce power of V-Girls! V-Day is producing this workshop production as the first stage in the theatrical journey of the play.
Directed by Obie Award-winning director Jo Bonney, the South African production features an eclectic mix of international and local youth, including five undiscovered young actors hailing from high schools across Johannesburg. The cast, including Charmian Bonnet, Molly Houlahan, Antoinette Kayembe, Samukelisiwe Khumalo, Ratanang Mogotsi, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, and Karabo Tshikubu, opened with a sold-out first performance on Friday, July 15th. Standing ovations abounded!
"...Eve Ensler's [Emotional Creature]...has come together so well with powerful and exciting performances from the girls and Ensler's strong text.... The seven girls, five of whom are South African...make the show what it is. With their raw talent they take Ensler's text and make it their own. They sincerely embody the joy and complexities of being a teen and that makes the experience organic...this is a celebration of a girl revolution in flight." - Kgomotso Moncho, The Mercury
Emotional Creature, which is based off of I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World, published by Villard in 2010, is running through July 27th in Johannesburg, before moving on to Paris's Cine 13 Theatre in September. The world premiere of Emotional Creature is planned for 2012 at California's Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
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READ what the press is saying about Emotional Creature in Johannesburg!
"All About Eve", Destiny (PDF) >
"High priestess of Jouissance: Girls take centre stage in a new play by Eve Ensler", Sunday Independent (PDF) >
"A voice for every girl...", The Mercury >
"Secret life of girls exposed", City of Johannesburg Arts & Culture >
"'Vagina Monologues' writer debuts work in SAfrica", Associated Press >
Podcast - Interview with Eve Ensler, Chai FM >
Emotional Creature, Global Girl Media >