I Stand Before You Naked

“It’s Vagina Monologues meets Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” says producer and actress Layla Alexander of Joyce Carol Oates’ collection of ten disturbing female monologues.  A serial killer’s wife, an anorexic, a stripper, a gun nutty dowager, and a mental patient lusting after Armageddon among others storm the stage which, appropriately, has the cracked minimalism of German Expressionist film.  While each lady is deeply troubled, the goal is that their frailties expose their strength and their dimensionality unmasks the over-simplicity of labels like crazy and insecure, together trumpeting what Alexander calls “A full revelation of the female soul.”

Originally published in the LA Times

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