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V-Day Manila Organizers to Produce "TVM" in Tokyo

06/14/2004

Tokyo Business Wire

Tokyo Braces Itself for 'The Vagina Monologues' by Eve Ensler, the Controversial International Hit Play

This early it is creating controversy as various groups question the use of the word 'vagina' and its Japanese translation in a theatre play in Tokyo.

This early it is creating controversy as various groups question the use of the word 'vagina' and its Japanese translation in a theatre play in Tokyo.

New Voice Company (NVC) announces the Japan Premier of Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues' (TVM) in Japanese: June 23 - July 3, 2004 at Theatre V Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan. TVM Premier is directed by NVC Artistic Director Monique Wilson, Translation by Keiko Itoh. The Japan Premier will feature Japanese actresses: Koko Furuta, Kaori Okamoto and Chizuru Onoyama.

TVM is precisely what its name suggests - a series of stories, in which women talk about the most secret part of their bodies. But it's a great deal more. Using intelligence, integrity and comparison, Eve Ensler has created not just one of the best shows in the world today (it has premiered in over 40 countries and been translated in over 25 languages) but the most morally serious. In TVM, Eve has given voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave, highly original and thoroughly human stories. Based on interviews with a diverse group of women - the play brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. TVM is alternately hilarious and deeply moving. Covering issues from sexual abuse, first lesbian experiences, indignities of pelvic exams, women's dreams and desires, orgasms, sex, marriage, infidelity, childbirth and womanhood, the play deftly combines drama and comedy.