BRUNSWICK – “Necessary Targets” by Eve Ensler, the author of “The Vagina Monologues,” will open at The Theater Project on Friday, April 30, and run through Sunday, May 16. There will be a preview performance on Thursday, April 29.

The play tells the tale of two very different American women: J.S., a sheltered, Park Avenue therapist; and Melissa, a young, self-described trauma counselor. Both are sent to Bosnia by the American government to help five women survivors in a refugee camp. Instead, through self-discovery and confrontation, the American women are transformed by the experience.

The Bosnian women touchingly reveal their personal traumas with a mixture of anger, humor and earthiness. Ensler wrote “Necessary Targets” after a trip to Bosnia to explore the conditions of women there.

“The triumphs and tragedies of nations begin and end with the triumphs and tragedies of individual hearts and souls and spirits. I think the play speaks to this with compassion and intelligence,” said director Christopher Price.

The seven women featured in the cast are Tootie VanReenen, Michele Livermore Wigton, Heather Weafer, Wendy Poole, Reba Short, Elizabeth Chambers and Kathleen Kimball, a newcomer to The Theater Project.

Performances times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. For reservations, people can call 729-8584 or e-mail [email protected]

For more information, people can go online at

All tickets are pay-what-you-want, with a suggested price of $15.

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