#ThisIsV20 continues with the announcement of a talkback series after select performances of Eve Ensler’s newest play – Fruit Trilogy – in New York City. The series, produced by V-Day, will be led by activists, artists, and thinkers participating in discussions surrounding the play’s central themes on the commodification and ownership of women’s bodies along with returning to and learning to love the body.
Fruit Trilogy is a play that speaks to these explosive times and charts the journey of women, from the disembodiment that comes from violence to the embodiment that comes from self-love.
Presented by the Abingdon Theatre Company, directed by Mark Rosenblatt, the play features Kiersey Clemons (Dope, The Only Boy Living In New York, “Transparent”) and Liz Mikel (Lysistrata Jones, “Friday Night Lights”).
In this pivotal moment when women around the world have risen up to tell their stories and stand up against violence, Eve’s timely Fruit Trilogy is three short plays that give a voice to defiant, ordinary women: Pomegranate – two women for sale, another morning on the shelf; Avocado – a young woman on her chaotic, shocking journey towards freedom; and Coconut – from the bliss of her bathroom, a woman connects with the one thing she has never fully owned … her body. Woven together with dark humor and heightened theatricality, Fruit Trilogy explores the humanity behind the headlines.
Talkbacks scheduled to date include:
Tuesday, June 12: Kiersey Clemons, film/tv/theater actor and one of the stars of Fruit Trilogy, on her role in the play, art & activism.
Wednesday, June 13: Liz Mikel, film/TV/theater actor, singer and one of the stars of Fruit Trilogy, on her role in the play, art & activism.
Thursday, June 14: Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, moderates a conversation with representatives from Sanctuary and GEMS, all leaders on the front lines in the fight to end sex trafficking, and who serve and support survivors every day.
Tuesday, June 19:Jerin Arifa, activist who spearheaded the sexual assault policy for the third largest university in the U.S., while undocumented, and Regena Thomashauer, teacher and author and founder of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, on the themes of the body, ownership, and of loving one’s body raised in the play.
Wednesday, June 20: Jennifer Buffett, Novo Foundation Co-President and V-Day Board Member, and Eve Ensler, Playwright (The Vagina Monologues, Fruit Trilogy) and Founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising.
Thursday, June 21 (following the 7p performance): Participants to be announced.
This is a limited engagement. Get your tickets today, VISIT http://abingdontheatre.org/fruit-trilogy/ or call Ovationtix.com at 212-352-3101. Special discount available for V-Day activists. Code: VDAY
Limit: 4 per order. All tickets are $33 plus $2.00 facility fee (standard price is $67). The offer is good only in standard seating areas of the house, for all performances except opening night (June 7). Facility fees for online and phone orders apply.
Trigger Warning: this play contains language about sexual abuse.