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Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Turns Her Body Inside Out

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Just when it seemed impossible that Eve Ensler had anything left to expose about her life, her art, her activism and her vagina, she proved us wrong by turning her body and soul inside out. Her book, In The Body of the World (2013, Metropolitan Books), chronicles her Stage 4 uterine cancer diagnosis and treatment, and makes surprising connections between her disease and the cancers of war, poverty and pollution that plague our planet. And now through March, Ensler performs her play, also titled “In the Body of the World,” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City Center Stage 1. Reviews call the play, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, dazzling, gritty, unblinking and hopeful. (Ticket information is at…

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The importance of cancer stories: Eve Ensler’s IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD

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Cancer is everywhere. In my entire life, I’ve never met anyone whose life hasn’t been impacted by it in one way or another. For my part, there are two of my immediate family members, a few grandparents, some cousins, a couple of close friends, and any number of random acquaintances, who have each experienced a surreal moment in a room with a medical professional who said the big word. Bring on the heartache. Bring on the fear and uncertainty. Bring on the loss of control. Sorry, you are no longer the pilot of your own life. Cancer’s driving now. But as omnipresent as cancer is in our lives, it’s still an incredibly personal experience. Individual cancer stories are not universal;…

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