the underground

Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World

Reviewing a BSC Underground Theatre Production

Julia Degnan, Salma Crank, Kirstin Quinn, Charity Furr, Tania Alverez, Jada Cato, and Sarah “Charlie” Freeman are all girls cast for BSC’s 2016 Fall Production of Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls around the World. This play, like many other productions at BSC, is designed to make viewers think. On opening night, Emotional Creature was introduced as having “mature content.” Not only did the play have mature content, but, being in the Underground Theater, it was also up close and personal.

This play came about from a book written by Eve Ensler: I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls around the World. Ensler wrote this book based on her experience when she asked girls if they liked being girls. Most of these girls did not, until one girl stood up and said, “I love being a girl. I’m an emotional creature.”

Emotional Creature is written in a way that not only forces you to think about the issues facing girls in today’s society but also encourages you to embrace your inner girl by using powerful lines such as: “Those feelings make me better. They make me present. They make me ready. They make me strong.”

The cast for Emotional Creature portrayed the unfortunately common struggles that girls in western society face, such as body image, sexual identity, pregnancy, suicide, and sex. The play also delves into issues that still face girls around the world, such as sex slavery, genital mutilation, factory work, and non-consensual surgeries to alter body image.

The opening act of Emotional Creature focuses on a girl trying to take the “perfect” selfie. It is a simple scene, but it portrays the complex expectations of social media, which demands girls put on an appealing façade to show the world. The talented cast transitioned between multiple characters portraying scenes of common subjects that affect girls in our society. In between those scenes, featured cast members performed monologues portraying severe issues that affect girls around the world.

In one scene, the characters play a rather grim game of “Would You Rather”, highlighting the harsh judgments of society if girls should somehow find themselves in these positions. This theater production was heartbreaking, and yet it provokes insight and empowerment as the cast resounds in unity, “I am an emotional. I am an emotional, irrotional*, devotional creature.”

*irrotional is a made up word for rhyming purposes and is thought to mean explosive.

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