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Eve Ensler

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Playwright, performer, feminist, and activist Eve Ensler is best known for her play, The Vagina Monologues, written in 1996. Since then, the play has been translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries.

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Playwright, performer, feminist, and activist Eve Ensler is best known for her play, The Vagina Monologues, written in 1996. Since then, the play has been translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries.

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E.M. Broner

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Activist, writer, and playwright E.M. Broner (1927–2011).

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Activist, writer, and playwright E.M. Broner (1927–2011).

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Dear Wendy

When I was 15 years old, I was about to go on vacation with my grandparents and I needed a book. I picked up a collection of three of your plays (The Heidi Chronicles, Uncommon Women and Others, & Isn't It Romantic) that I’d been assigned to read for my ninth grade English class, but never gotten around to studying. I didn’t know anything about you or the plays before opening the book, but I was soon transported to a world of women who didn’t necessarily know exactly what they wanted out of their educations, careers, and relationships, but did know they wanted a great deal. Suffice to say, it greatly appealed to me.

New Home, New Life

For those of you wondering about the fate of the peripatetic theatre legend Judith Malina, there’s good news.  The Forward just published an article and posted a video of the grounds and atmosphere of Malina’s new home at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home in Englewood, NJ, along with interviews with Ms. Malina and her fellow “hostages” (as she jokingly calls her fellow residents).

Elizabeth Swados’ play "Ten Years of Hope" opens

February 29, 2004

'My faith is very practical. It is about helping people to sing, dance and make shows."

Elizabeth Swados

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Renowned composer Elizabeth Swados.

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Renowned composer Elizabeth Swados.

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Germaine Shames

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JWA contributor Germaine Shames, author of You, Fascinating You.
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JWA contributor Germaine Shames, author of You, Fascinating You.

Lauren Interviews Lauren

Singer-songwriter-humorist Lauren Mayer reflects on Hanukkah, Christmas, family, growing up a Jew in Orange County and how all this informs her own, artistic process. May you enjoy this in depth interview conducted by… herself.

What inspired you to write “Latkes, Shmatkes”?

Two years ago NPR did a program on Christmas music, and their expert was talking about how secular songs, like “Frosty The Snowman,” became classics, and then he said, “Some songs should never become classics, like this one”— and used an old recording of mine as an example. It was a novelty song I’d written and recorded years ago, “The Fruitcake That Ate New Jersey,” and when I wrote in to ask how they found it, they ended up interviewing me. I joked that now I was part of the great tradition of Jewish songwriters who create Christmas music, and I really should do a Chanukah album. Once I said it, I realized it could be a fun idea.

What is the secret life of girls around the world?

At the NOW (National Organization for Women) conference I attended in June, playwright Eve Ensler delivered the keynote speech. Ensler, who is featured in JWA’s online exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution, was a riveting speaker whose passionate words truly rallied me to action. I’ve been hoping to see one of her plays ever since. Luckily, her newest show Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, is now playing Off-Broadway, and I was able to get tickets!

Thanks to Eve Ensler, every day is V-Day

To millions of people all over the world, V-Day means much more than roses and a romantic dinner.

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