Being a woman I feel privileged to have attended the world premiere of Eve Ensler’s ‘I Am an Emotional Creature’ directed by Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal and Kaizad Kotwal. The actors open by speaking up about the injustice that exists in the world in the form of discrimination, not only on the basis of gender but caste, color and status. Monologues voicing the grievances of women and girls all over the world follow; the emotional dialogue punctuated by signature ironic humor.
A pregnant teenaged girl and one who is about to lose her virginity, don’t know how to ask for protection, depicting the confusion of modern young girls wanting to ‘grow up’. At the same time there are girls who have to ‘grow up’ against their wishes as they are subjugated to rape, slavery and prostitution. Girls in Israel, courageous enough to protest are imprisoned, while in India, a free country, uneducated women are prisoners in their own homes. Technology and media, when used correctly, educate us but when misused can destroy us. Too much exposure leads to girls abusing their bodies and pressures of society expect women of a certain status to confine to norms snatching from them the ability to express themselves.
We proudly declare that the world is progressing but gender discrimination still exists today in appalling forms and places least expected.
The performances were outstanding. The pain in the faces, voices and body language was so real and intense that it felt like they were telling their own story. The cast danced with full energy, for all women, encouraging them to express themselves through it.
And with each story there is a revelation. Layers are peeled off as the beautiful woman inside is unravelled. Brave women have dared to rebel and fight for what is rightfully theirs; freedom and identity. Eventually the entire cast declares “I Am An Emotional Creature”. As they state eccentric, yet endearing characteristics of women conveying that the reasons for which the sex is ridiculed are the precise reasons for which they should be loved. If you are a woman, being the emotional creature you are, you will have tears rolling down your cheeks, out of empathy, pain, joy and pride.