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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 1, 2008

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to present 'The Good Body'

GREEN BAY-Eve Ensler's play, "The Good Body," will be performed 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 4, and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5 in the University Union's Christie Theater at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

It is to be presented as part of the University of Wisconsin System-wide Women's Studies Conference hosted this year by UW-Green Bay.

Eve Ensler, best known for her play "The Vagina Monologues," used a similar method in writing "The Good Body."

She interviewed numerous women, including celebrities Isabella Rossellini and Helen Gurley Brown, discussing issues of body image. When asked what they would change in their life if they could, the majority said they would lose weight.

Taking stories from women around the world, Eve Ensler wrote a series of monologues exploring how women of every nationality face issues of body image, aging and society's image of the ideal woman. The play takes us through a woman's point of view of self-imposed dissatisfaction and coming to acceptance and love of "real" body types.

"I really believe that both men and women will enjoy this show," said director Natalie Bridenhagen, a UW-Green Bay Theatre major. "So many women just want to let their frustration out, and many men don't get to hear what is really bothering us about our bodies. It isn't enough to explain how we feel now, you also have to understand where the frustration came from, and this play does a great job of explaining the origin of the problems involved."

Bridenhagen added, "Eve Ensler wanted to raise awareness of the physical and mental issues that women deal with every day in the hopes that we could begin to take a step toward dealing with the problem. Her message is 'Love your body. Stop fixing it. It was never broken.'"

Strong language and adult themes are presented in this play. It is not recommended for children.

Tickets are free, but a limited number of tickets are available for Saturday's show. Tickets are available in advance at the University Ticketing Center in the University Union and at the door one-half hour prior to the performances. Running time is approximately 80 minutes.

"The Good Body" credits include: student director Natalie Bridenhagen and co-director Prof. Laura Riddle, theatre. Members of the cast include Prof. Sarah Detweiler, art; community member Peggy Eserkaln; Prof. Illene Noppe, human development; Prof. Laura Riddle; and UW-Green Bay students Hannah Burmesch, Megan Hedden, Nicole Herr, Erin Le Cloux, Alison Tyler and Ray-Anna Young.

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08-77 | Contact: Mike Heine heinem@uwgb.edu, (920) 465-2526



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