Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues turns 19 this year. It remains a touchstone of her career and has become iconic of a certain type of political theater—the intimate, personalized, humor-laden conversational solo drama. But the prolific Ensler, who had a rich career as a writer and performer pre-Vagina Monologues, continues to produce and provoke.
Ensler was interviewed in the Dec. 15/22 issue of The Nation, about her new play O.P.C., which ended its run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge around Christmastime. The one-page interview, by Laura Flanders, admirably centers around O.P.C. (though it’s rather pushy about drawing comparisons between one of the fictional characters and Hillary Clinton), but identifies Ensler at the outset as “the author of The Vagina Monologues and the co-founder of V-Day” and its opening question is about V-Day’s growth into an annual world event whose upcoming Feb. 14, 2015 manifestation is titled “One Billion Rising: Revolution.”
Ensler’s endlessly active. Another new script, Emotional Creatures (about sexual violence and other abuses against women), was workshopped in Johannesburg in 2011 and given a full production this year both in Johannesburg and at the Baxter Flipside theater in Cape Town last year, landing it on one critic’s “Top Cape Town theater productions of 2014” list.
Ensler was on the BBC this year describing the gestation of Vagina Monologues.
February 14 approaches. V-Day has morphed into a global event called One Billion Rising, though separate V-Day events (usually readings of The Vagina Monologues) still happen. Three Connecticut universities have V-Day events planned:
Feb. 14 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.
April 15 at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.
April 17 at the University of Bridgeport.