Eve Ensler, an American playwright, performer, feminist, and activist who is known internationally for her play The Vagina Monologues, will speak at the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music, book sales, and a cash bar.
Tickets for an “An Evening with Author and Activist Eve Ensler” are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Frauenthal Center Box Office (231) 727-8001, 425 W. Western Ave., online at www.startickets.com, or at the Muskegon Community College English/Communications Department Office, Room 154, on the MCC campus at 221 S. Quarterline Rd.
The lecture, which concludes the 2017 Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (ahfest), is coordinated by the Muskegon Writers’ Series. For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327.
Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues has been translated into 48 languages, performed in more than 140 countries and has enjoyed runs of more than 10 years in the U.K., Mexico and France.
In 2011 at the 65th Tony Awards, Ensler was awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which recognizes an individual form the theater community who has made substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of humanitarian, social service, or charitable organizations. Other honors include a 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting and a 1997 Obie Award. She has received honorary doctorates from Middlebury College, Manhattanville College, and Simmons College.
In 2009, Ensler was named as one of US News & World Report’s ”Best Leaders” in association with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2010, she was named one of “125 Women Who Changed Our World” by Good Housekeeping magazine. In 2011, she was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.”
Ensler’s experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive.
To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media, and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Indian Country, and Iraq.
In 2012, Eve initiated ONE BILLION RISING, which has run now for five years and is the largest mass action campaign against violence against women and girls. Annually, activists rise in 200 countries through dance and creative expression.
In 2016, Eve adapted and premiered her memoir In the Body of the World, which she performed at the American Repertory Theater directed by Diane Paulus. Her other plays include The Good Body, The Treatment, Necessary Targets Ladies, Lemonade, Extraordinary Measures, and Mango.
Public Invited to Eve Ensler Book Discussion on Oct. 27 at MCC
The public is invited to participate in a book discussion of Eve Ensler’s works on Friday, Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Stevenson Center Room 1228.