A figurative breast examination of sorts takes place live on stage when Sonia Jackson's provocative and multi-faceted play, "Conversations 'Bout the Girls," returns to Los Angeles, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, now through May 19, at the Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Avenue, in Los Angeles.
Presented by Visions of Possibilities and the Greenway Arts Alliance, "Conversations" is an exploration into the lives of young girls and women and the relationships they have with their breasts, also known affectionately as "The Girls."
Jackson and her cast of eight women examine themes which range from female sexuality, to women's health, to domestic abuse, to breastfeeding to implant options.
"I wanted to explore breasts as a part of the feminine mystique," said Jackson.
Stories, mainly monologues, include My First Bra, To Cleave or Not to Cleave, Nursing is a Whole Other Thing, The Lump, The Ladies Room, The Wedding and Nipples are Manipulative.
Five dollars from every ticket sold benefits the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In addition to Jackson, the cast of "Conversations 'Bout the Girls" includes Taffy Wallace, Kathlyn Miles, Jaelyn Jones, Aliki Pappas, Lynndi Scott, Lauren Baker, Aigner Edgerson and Satya Vanii.
After being a part of the cast of a controversial predecessor, "The Vagina Monologues," Jackson said she wanted to explore another popular part of the female anatomy.
Though frequently the focus of blank stares, jokes, female sexuality and women's health concerns, she said there are few real conversations about the ongoing interaction between girls and women and their breasts – from the initial discovery phase throughout the rest of their lives.
From hilarious to heartbreaking, "Conversations" stories are touching, embarrassing and moving experiences that bring a greater understanding – among men and women – of what it is to be a woman, Jackson said.
"Conversations 'Bout the Girls" is presented Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. The run includes Mother's Day weekend.
Tickets are $34. Visit www.greenwayarts.com. For information, group sales and sponsorships, visit www.conversationsboutthegirls.com or call 323-375-6241.