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Eve Ensler’s Fruit Trilogy Gives Voice to The Oppressed

Eve Ensler’s Fruit Trilogy Gives Voice to The Oppressed

Abingdon Theatre Company presents Eve Ensler’s trio of short plays, Fruit Trilogy, to the Lucille Lortel Theatre. “Pomegranate,” “Avocado,” and “Coconut,” explore the selling, raping, disembodiment and reclaiming of female  bodies. Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues in 1996.

In this production Kiersey Clemons and Liz Mikel start off in “Pomegranate,” as disembodied heads on display. In this piece the first woman’s brother is not only a buyer, but one that is rough and most likely put her on the self as he has done so with his own wife. They discuss the fate of men who treat them as nothing more than a commodity. Ensler was prompted wrote this piece in response to ISIS capturing women and selling them to be raped. These two women’s bodies are owned by others, not themselves.

Kiersey Clemons

Kiersey Clemons Photo by Maria Baranova

The second play, “Avocado,” is a 16, girl (Kiersey Clemons) raped by her father and sold by her mother into sexual slavery. She is in the darkness of a shipping container full of rotting avocados, trying to immigrate to a world that will not see her as something to be used, abused and discarded. She doesn’t have any control over her life, yet she yearns to escape and be free.

Liz Mikel

Liz Mikel Photo by Maria Baranova

The third play, “Coconut,” breaks the fourth wall, as woman (Liz Mikel) slathers herself in coconut oil. As she methodically rubs it into her feet, making her body  moist and alive.  As she rubs the oil in she starts to connect with her body, displacing the myths she was told, until she is bare breasted. She asks the audience to witness, saying, “We need to be seen for how else do we know we exist?” However, we are not asked to be a witness, rather we are forced and told if we do not that we are in the wrong.

Under the direction of Mark Rosenblatt this trilogy raises awareness, giving a voice to women who are enslaved and are unable to connect to their bodies. It is a tough evening to sit through and at times the anger overwhelms the senses.

Fruit Trilogy: Abingdon Theatre Company at Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. until June 23

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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