“If I have learned anything in these past 15 years, it is how to hold two opposite thoughts at the same time. The most radical play I’d ever written turned out to be the play that was accepted and invited into the mainstream. Saying the word I was not supposed to say is the thing that gave me a voice in the world. Revealing the very personal stories of women and their private parts gave birth to a public, global movement to end violence against women and girls.”
Eve Ensler was already an accomplished author and playwright when she started something revolutionary. She asked women about their relationships with their vaginas.
Though she initially envisioned using the interviews to write a play, it’s unlikely she could have imagined she was embarking on a decades-long, international journey. She soon discovered that she’d unearthed the most reviled word in the English language. And this playwright set about to heal our culture through theater.
Her award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues”, provided a startling window into the conflicted complexity of women’s relationships to their bodies, their sexuality and themselves. While performing the play throughout the world, Eve heard even more stories from women–about rape, incest, domestic battery and genital mutilation. She realized that violence against women was a global pandemic of immense proportions.