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By Laura Moore
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“It doesn’t matter where I’ve been in the world, whether it’s Tehran, where women are smashing and remodeling their noses to look less Iranian. Or in Beijing, where they are breaking their legs and adding bone to be taller. Or in Dallas, where they are surgically whittling their feet to fit into Manolo Blahniks or Jimmy Choos. Women I meet everywhere generally hate one part of their bodies. They spend most of their lives fixing it. What I can’t believe is that me, a radical feminist for nearly 30 years, could spend this much time thinking about my stomach.”
In Thingamajig Theatre Company’s new production of “The Good Body” (opening on Feb. 10), playwright Eve Ensler, famous for the incredible “The Vagina Monologues,” turns her unique eye to the rest of the female form. With everything from botox to breast implants, Ensler uses humor and remarkable true stories to rock our view of what it means to have a “good body.”
“This play is my prayer, my attempt to analyze the mechanisms of our imprisonment, to break free so that we may spend more time running the world than running away from it. This play is an expression of my hope, my desire, that we will all refuse to be Barbie, that we will say no to the loss of the particular, whether it be to a voluptuous woman in a silk sari, or a woman with defining lines of character in her face, or a distinguishing nose, or olive toned skin, or wild curly hair,” Ensler said.
“The Good Body” is performed by local women, including Terri Pritchard, who plays Eve.
“The honor of being chosen to portray Eve has had an extraordinary effect on me. Being able to restore my once-great sense of humor, as well as touching the deepest wounds in me has allowed an even deeper soul cleansing and new perspective for me to wear on my sleeve,” said Pritchard. “I feel transformed and I pray each person (by the way, this is not just a chick thing, men will completely relate as they’ve had to live with us and listen to us and listen to us and listen to us) will walk away from this and realize that giving a voice to every single thing is critical. I look forward to you sharing your story with me and hopefully we can share a smile and maybe a tear and realize that acceptance with a smile is the best prescription for well-being.”
Joyce Ryan, Rebecca Anderson, Devina St Clair, Rosie Dufour and Joan Ward will join Pritchard on stage as women ranging from a teenager at fat camp to a model fresh out of another cosmetic surgery and the women of Afghanistan who secretly eat ice cream despite the fear for their lives from the Taliban.
“The Good Body” is a remarkable piece performed by remarkable women that will make you laugh, make you cry, surprise you and most definitely make you think, “That is exactly what I do!”
We hope you join us for this incredible journey. “The Good Body” runs Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Feb. 10-19 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
Get your girlfriends together for a great night of laughs and reflection to support the amazing group of local ladies braving it all to bare it all onstage.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-7469.