Necessary Targets: A Story of Women and War

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Villard, 2001 - Drama - 122 pages
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In her first new work since The Vagina Monologues, her Obie Award-winning smash hit, Eve Ensler tells the story of two American women, a Park Avenue psychiatrist and a human rights worker, who go to Bosnia to help women confront their memories of war and emerge deeply changed themselves. Necessary Targets is a groundbreaking play about women and war—about the violence of dark memories and the enduring resilience of the human spirit.

Melissa, an ambitious young writer, and J.S., a successful but unsatisfied middle-aged psychiatrist, have nothing in common beyond the methods they have been taught to distance themselves from other people. As J.S. begins to feel compassion for the women whose tragedies she has been sent to expose, she turns on Melissa, who finds safety in control. In an unexpected moment of revelation, J.S. and the women she is supposedly treating find a common ground, a place to be taught and a place to learn.

Necessary Targets has been staged in New York by Meryl Streep, Anjelica Huston, and Calista Flockhart, and performed in Sarajevo with Glenn Close and Marisa Tomei.

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In my opinion, Eve Ensler is a monstrously talented writer. Necessary Targets is not the best display of her talents. The subject matter of this play is disturbing (the stories of female refugees in ... Read full review

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Playwright and activist Ensler has won numerous awards for her work, including the 1997 Obie Award for her play, The Vagina Monologues, and a Guggenheim in 1999. Here she presents a moving play that ... Read full review

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Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, currently running in theaters all over the world, initiated V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women. Ensler received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting in 1999.

Join the V-Day movement and help stop violence against women—visit

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