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Margaret Cho Set for Off-Bway's The Sensuous Woman

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Margaret Cho will appear Off-Broadway in her new burlesque-style variety show The Sensuous Woman, set for a special limited four-week engagement beginning Wednesday, September 26 at The Zipper Factory (336 West 37th Street).  Official Opening Night is set for Saturday, October 6.

"Direct from performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, Margaret Cho brings The Sensuous Woman to New York. A new variety show starring the critically acclaimed comedian/actress Margaret Cho, The Sensuous Woman features an impressive line-up of the country's most renowned burlesque performers, along with hilarious stand-up and sketch comedy from emerging and established artists. Featured performers include Los Angeles belly dance and burlesque sensation Princess Farhana, emerging transgendered comic Ian Harvie, the ingenious burlesque performer Selene Luna, comic actor Liam Sullivan, New York downtown favorite Miss Dirty Martini, and sketch comedians Diana Yanez and Kurt Hall of the Gay Mafia Comedy Troupe of West Hollywood," state press notes.
 
In describing her inspiration for this show, Margaret Cho ("Notorious C.H.O.," "State of Emergency," "I'm the One That I Want") explains, "The Sensuous Woman is an evening of comedy, dance and music celebrating women's bodies.  I have suffered from eating disorders and a horrendously distorted body image for my entire life, and I think the biggest reason is a lack of images of real women's bodies.  Where are they?  We don't see them in movies, on TV, in magazines.  Instead, we are force-fed a steady diet of unattainable ideals, a tyranny of slenderness and youth, goals we can't even aspire to, they are so far out of reach.  When we see dancers who enjoy their bodies, who are sexy and having fun, it gives us permission to enjoy our bodies and to enjoy ourselves in the process.  We are presented with a new ideal, not one that is about dieting ourselves down to a smaller size, but expanding our notion of what is beautiful and to allow ourselves to be included there too."   

A stand-up comedian, actress and author, Cho has been honored by GLAAD, American Women in Radio and Television, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, PFLAG and the National Organization for Women for "making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity."

Prior to the New York engagement, The Sensuous Woman will play in Chicago at the Lakeshore Theater from Wednesday, September 19 – Saturday, September 22.  For more information, please visit www.MargaretCho.com.

The Sensuous Woman is presented in New York and Chicago (in association with the Lakeshore Theater) by WestBeth Entertainment. WestBeth Entertainment (Arnold Engelman, President) is a creative development and producing organization that for 29 years has consistently produced critically acclaimed work in theatre and other performing arts. 

The Sensuous Woman will play as follows: Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with late shows on Friday and Saturday at 11:00 PM.  The Zipper Factory is located at 336 West 37th Street.  Tickets are $45.00 (Wednesday & Thursday) and $55.00 (Friday & Saturday).  Ticket fees may apply.  To purchase tickets, visit www.thezipperfactory.com or call (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111 (toll free).

Visit www.margaretcho.com for more on Cho.


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