Every year, college students across the country perform Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues. The play’s name is provocative, and its mission is important. Ensler wrote the play in 1996 to raise awareness about violence against women.
At Suffolk, students have performed the play (and a related Ensler piece) a number of times, most recently in 2012. Next week, students will have the opportunity to see the writer live and get a sneak peek at her latest work.
As part of the Ford Hall Forum, Ensler will talk about her new play, O.P.C. (Obsessive Political Correctness), with Emmy Award-winning arts and entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik.
O.P.C. is a humorous exploration of consumer consumption and politics that asks, "How are we to survive as a species if we insist on destroying the world we love?" Radicalism and mainstream liberalism collide through one mother-daughter relationship. The play will premiere at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge in late November.
Eve Ensler is a Tony-award winning playwright, performer, and activist. She is also the creator of V-Day, a worldwide activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. In 2011, she was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World.”
The event will be held Monday, November 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the C. Walsh Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University is the oldest continuing lecture series in the United States. Founded in 1908, the Forum broke new ground by bringing together the lower and upper classes to talk about topics of the day.