Tony award-winning playwright, Eve Ensler’s ‘Emotional Creature’, directed by the Obie award winning Jo Bonney, will be showing at the Baxter Theatre until August 16, following a season in Johannesburg.
In 2011, playwright, author and activist, Eve Ensler (‘The Vagina Monologues’) chose Johannesburg to workshop ‘Emotional Creature’, her newest play aimed at a youthful audience. “I chose South Africa and this continent originally because Africa is the birthplace of humankind and the play births a new way for girls to bring their stories to the public and see themselves as the strong and ‘emotional creatures’ they were born to be,” says Ensler. “There is the greatest potential for the future in Africa and what happens in Africa will determine what happens to rest of the world.
African girls can and will lead that future.”
The stories in ‘Emotional Creature’ are inspired by girls around the globe and the theatrical piece is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl. Among the girls Ensler has created are an American who struggles with peer pressure in a suburban high school; an anorexic blogging as she eats less and less; a Masai girl from Kenya unwilling to endure female genital mutilation; a Congolese forced into sex slavery; a Chinese factory worker making Barbies; an Iranian student who is tricked into a nose job; a pregnant girl trying to decide if she should keep her baby; and a young South African teen defiantly calling for an end to rape.
Through rants, poetry, questions, and facts, the audience comes to understand the universality of girls around the world: their resiliency, their wildness, their pain, their fears, their secrets, and their triumphs.
The original music has been composed by Naledi award winning and Fleur du Cap nominee Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, who will also be the musical director on the play, with choreography recreated by David Gouldie. South African actress, director, and producer Gina Shmukler produces the show alongside V-Day’s Managing Director, Cecile Lipworth, a fellow South African. The cast of South African actresses include Karabo Tshikube, Lara Lipschitz, Barileng Malibye, Vuyelwa Maluleke, Ratanang Mogotsi and Zakeeya Patel.
* Performances are at the Baxter Flipside at 11am daily for high schools and in the evenings at 6.30pm for the general public. Shows on Saturdays are at 2pm and 6.30pm. Tickets cost R75 per person and can be booked at Computicket.