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Eve Ensler hopes to spark ‘girl revolution’

Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Emotional Creature features six talented young women: (l to r) Joaquina Kalukango, Sade Namei, Olivia Oguma, Ashley Bryant, Emily S. Grosland, and Molly Carden.
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Eve Ensler wants nothing less than to start a revolution, and she is hoping Berkeley will be its epicenter.

Friday night marks Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Emotional Creature, a 90-minute play based on Ensler’s bestselling 2010 book, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World.

In its stage adaption, six young actresses sing, dance, and talk about the promises and perils of being a young woman in the world today. They confront social pressures, homophobia, sexual slavery, female circumcision, factory work and the pressures to conform, but they also celebrate the power of their own voices and convictions.

“What if girls were really encouraged and supported to be their own selves?” said Ensler on Thursday as Berkeley Rep made final tweaks on the production. “How different the world would be. What we tell girls is ‘you are too alive. You are too passionate.’ We put words on it like hysterical and out of control. We put definitions on their life force.” … Continue reading »

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