From the author of The Vagina Monologues comes Emotional Creature, a show for the next generation that is raw, honest, intense, humorous, and relatable. I had the pleasure of attending this new show on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. What I love most about an Eve Ensler play is that I know I will be seeing a show that will make think, feel, and laugh. Eve writes from her heart as well as the depths of those she's met along the way. Emotional Creature celebrates the beauty of being a woman, but it also depicts the struggles women face from cultural differences to sexual identity to rape to abuse to pregnancy. Eve wrote a very real show that will touch many people in a variety of ways.
Bringing these stories to life is a wonderfully talented cast of women: Ashley Bryant, Molly Carden, Emily S. Grosland, Joaquina Kalukango, Sade Namei, and Olivia Oguma. Each actress brought something special to the stories they were telling. Ashley had a great monologue about the importance of feeling beautiful and what it means to love yourself. I really identified with this piece because I've struggled with those feelings myself. Luckily, I've gotten to a point in my life where I feel great about myself, but as Ashley was speaking, I remembered the moments when I didn't feel good. Emily's segment about sexual identity was very moving. She made it even more impactful by singing a beautiful song "Falling." This was my first time hearing Emily sing and I hope there are more times I will get to hear her delightful vocals. I also identified a lot with this story because I went through my own journey of self-acceptance before coming out. Fortunately, I had a lot of support and I came out to a lot of love. While I have not had personal experience with all the stories told, I was still touched by them.
Eve Ensler is definitely a pioneer playwright who has opened the door for many women. I've admired Eve's writing for a while now because it has given a voice to women who otherwise might not have had the freedom to speak or felt comfortable. She constantly reinforces the fact that one should love themself and that one is worthy of a good life. The Vagina Monologues gave a voice to older women, while Emotional Creature speaks up for the women who are just starting out.
If you are looking for a show that will empower, enlighten, and even make you laugh, then I definitely recommend Eve Ensler's Emotional Creature playing at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue). Click here for tickets and for more info on Emotional Creature visit http://emotionalcreature.com and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter!