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By Nenad N. Bach | Published  04/8/2002 | Culture And Arts | Unrated


Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler's "Extraordinary, bold and provocative" (NY Times) new 
play NECESSARY TARGETS for just $35! 
(over 40% off the regular price!) Only $20.00 for Students

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEE NECESSARY TARGETS, now in it's final weeks in New York before world tour!

Recent events clearly demonstrate that the future of the world will
not be determined by military might. It will arise from the kind of
miraculous and fragile dialogue that develops between two tenaciously
estranged women, an American and a Bosnian, in the emotional ground-zero of a
refugee camp somewhere in Croatia.

Once their illusions about safety, security and tribal righteousness are
shattered, each woman in her separate trial reaches the same the awakening:
she is not held hostage by her painful history, but by her terror of
experiencing love in the present.

NECESSARY TARGETS is an American epiphany, a triumphant blueprint for the
global future. Where the scratched ego would to go to battle, the uncensored
wisdom of the heart allows us to connect and heal.

"A Winner. Shirley Knight gives a performance that can make a theatregoer 
weep with the realization of how much this artist has been missed." 
- Linda Winer, Newsday

Shirley Knight and Diane Venora are extraordinary! This performance alone

is worth the price of admission."- Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News

Students pay only $20.00
Call Tele-charge: (212) 947-8844 and give code: NTGX334 OR bring 
a printout of this email to the Variety Arts Theatre Box Office 
(110 Third Avenue at 14th Street in Manhattan), NYC. (Tues.-Sat. 8; Wed., Sat. & Sun. at 3) valid thru April 21

Ticket Holders are invited to attend an Open Forum and Audience Speak Out
after the performance every Sunday. On Sunday April 14th, author SUZE ORMAN who wrote "The 9 Steps 
to Financial Freedom" which appeared on the New York Times Business Best-Seller will appear as a 

Offer is subject to availability and prior sale and cannot be 
combined with any other discounts or offers. All phone orders subject 
to service charges. Limit of 8 tickets per order. Producer reserves the 
right to limit the number of tickets at this price. A $1.00 facility charge 
is added to the price of each ticket.

We hope that you will join us for "Necessary Targets." 
For additional details see
or contact V-day 212- 696-5731

There are the made-in-heaven days, when you've got a new show on Broadway, you're schmoozing with 
Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, and it's all raising money for a cause dear to your heart. Then there are the 
trying days, when the New York Times balks at
running your ad because your title is too racy. A radical feminist playwright never knows what to expect.

For Eve Ensler '75, the Broadway/Streep/Hawn experience last fall was the payoff for a long artistic and 
political effort. The place was New York's Helen Hayes Theatre. The occasion was a benefit performance to 
raise funds for Bosnian war victims. The event was a reading of Ensler's Necessary Targets, a wrenching 
drama about women and war, specifically about women brutalized in rape camps during the war in 

"In 1993," Ensler recalls, "I saw a picture on the cover of Newsday of six totally traumatized girls who had 
just been returned from rape camps, and I freaked out. I couldn't believe that rape was being used as a 
systematic tactic of war in the middle of Europe in 1993."

It was an atrocity demanding a response from a writer who has never stopped thinking of herself as a 
radical feminist, and has never stopped believing in a natural connection between art and politics. She 
persuaded a Hollywood production company to fly her overseas to investigate the war experiences of 
women in the dismembered Yugoslavia. "In 1994, I spent two months in Croatia and Pakistan interviewing 
Bosnian women refugees. Then I went back again last summer to Bosnia and spent quite some time 
interviewing women who have worked with rape victims during the war."

Out of that research came what Ensler describes as a play about "an American psychiatrist who goes on a 
mission to `help' Bosnian refugees who have been traumatized, goes to save them and in the process really 
saves herself." After a Necessary Targets reading at the Public Theatre, an official of the International Rescue 
Committee asked Ensler to arrange a benefit performance. Meryl Streep agreed to portray the psychiatrist, 
and other stars Anjelica Huston, Cherry Jones, Lois Smith, John Cullumquickly filled out the cast. "It was 
truly one of

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