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"The Vagina Monologues" creator opens up

by Julia Bourland

She talks texture. She talks ticklers. She talks about what vaginas would say if they could talk.
And in the process, Eve Ensler is changing the way we think about vaginas.

Ensler, a world-renowned playwright, performer and activist, interviewed 200 women before penning her award-winning show "The Vagina Monologues," a compilation of a dozen or so first-person accounts. What premiered in 1996 as a one-woman dynamo starring Ensler has mushroomed into a cultural phenomenon; the show is running simultaneously in cities around the country with A-list actresses sharing the billing. A performance by Ensler is set to air on HBO in spring 2001.

Offstage, Ensler is advocating another cause: ending violence towards women. In 1998, she founded V-Day, a consciousness-raising event and fundraiser designed to stop abuse against women. V-Day 2001 will kick off in Manhattan on Feb. 10, 2001, at Madison Square Garden, with a performance of "The Vagina Monologues" starring Glenn Close, Calista Flockhart, Jane Fonda and Meryl Streep. recently caught up with Ensler to discuss, well, what else does one discuss with Ensler but...

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