The truth about vaginas

After playing God in the film "Dogma," rock's goddess of angst will star in an off-Broadway play about female genitalia.

By Hank Hyena

Published February 10, 2000 5:00PM (EST)

Alanis Morissette has wailed, whined and raged about her
crotch's emotions on innumerable international stages with her
band Sexual Chocolate ever since her "Jagged Little Pill" album
arched into mega-platinum sales. She's also exhibited intimate
areas of her flesh in her music videos. So it's not surprising
that the carnal Canadian's next creative venture will be to
costar in an off-Broadway theater production of "The Vagina

Aside from an all-star benefit performance last year,
the Obie Award-winning
play written by Eve Ensler
has previously been
performed exclusively as a
one-woman show by the
author in New York, Berlin,
London and Jerusalem. Next week, reports
Tuesday's Ottawa Citizen, the Westside Theater in Manhattan will
restage the text by dividing up the monologues equally between
three different actresses. Various casts will walk the boards for
two weeks.

Alanis is slated for March 21 through April 2. Winona Ryder, Rhea
Perlman, Lara Flynn Boyle, Erica Jong, Ricki Lake, Camryn
Manheim, Marlo Thomas, Marisa Tomei and Rosie Perez are also
scheduled to appear. A recent "V-Day" (Vagina Day) benefit
performance to aid organizations that fight violence against
women featured readings by Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg and
Calista Flockhart.

"The Vagina Monologues" was created to crack the sexual taboo
that surrounds any discussion of vaginal issues. The script is
swollen with hysterical and imaginative anecdotes and farcical
orgasmic moans, but there are also elements of tragedy. Ensler
has included, for example, excerpts from her interview with a
Bosnian rape victim.

Fans familiar with Morissette's lyrics and rumored promiscuity
know that their horny heroine won't be inhibited when she
delivers her daring lines. She's also no acting novice.
Morissette personified God in the recent film "Dogma" and when
she was a mere 10-year-old sprite she starred on the children's
cult classic program, "You Can't Do That On

Hank Hyena

Hank Hyena is a former columnist for SF Gate, and a frequent contributor to Salon.

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