Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler
A Story of Women and War

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In her first new work since The Vagina Monologues, her Obie Award-winning smash hit, Eve Ensler tells the story of two American women, a Park Avenue psychiatrist and a human rights worker, who go to Bosnia to help women confront their memories of war and emerge deeply changed themselves. Necessary Targets is a groundbreaking play about women and war—about the violence of dark memories and the enduring resilience of the human spirit.

Melissa, an ambitious young writer, and J.S., a successful but unsatisfied middle-aged psychiatrist, have nothing in common beyond the methods they have been taught to distance themselves from other people. As J.S. begins to feel compassion for the women whose tragedies she has been sent to expose, she turns on Melissa, who finds safety in control. In an unexpected moment of revelation, J.S. and the women she is supposedly treating find a common ground, a place to be taught and a place to learn.

Necessary Targets has been staged in New York by Meryl Streep, Anjelica Huston, and Calista Flockhart, and performed in Sarajevo with Glenn Close and Marisa Tomei.

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About Eve Ensler

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Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, Insecure at Last, and I Am an Emotional Creature, since adapted for the stage as Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising. Ensler lives in Paris and New York City.
Published March 10, 2001 by Villard. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Ensler's sober new play may seem like an unexpected astringent after her celebrity-studded performance piece and book, The Vagina Monologues, an alternately piercing and raucous series of vignettes that dramatize women's conflicts over body image and sexuality that continues to be performed aroun...

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Traditional and chronological in structure, the play follows two American therapists who go to Bosnia to help refugee women recover from trauma.

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She's also writing a book about women and trauma and can't wait to interview the Bosnian refugee women for it.

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- Shirley Knight Melissa - Catherine Kellner Jelena - Alyssa Bresnahan Zlata - Diane Venora Seada - Mirjana Jokovic Azra - Sally Parrish Nuna - Maria Thayer Potentially searing subject matter rarely rises above room temperature in "Necessary Targets," Eve Ensler's play set in a refugee camp for B...

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In order to create her startling (and by now phenomenal) play The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler prompted scores of women to tell stories about their most private selves.

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Talkin' Broadway

Necessary Targets is playing until August 29th in the Lehman Theater, Building 5 at the Miami-Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Avenue For more information, please call (305) 327-1438.

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