PHOTO CALL: Alanis Morissette Shares Raffo's Desire for Equality at Benefit Performance
09 Mar 2005
The Off-Broadway critical and box office hit Nine Parts of Desire held a benefit performance for the international women's rights organization Equality Now on March 8.
Grammy Award-winning recording artist Alanis Morissette, whose theatrical history includes an eleventh-hour injection of financing for the Broadway musical Jane Eyre and a run in Off-Broadway's The Vagina Monologues, attended the performance and reception that followed. Iconic composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim was also in attendance.
Below, Morissette is seen with writer-performer Heather Raffo, who was also celebrating the Special Commendation she was awarded the previous night from the jurors of the 2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play about the numerous plights of Iraqi women.
Nine Parts of Desire is directed by Joanna Settle and is currently enjoying an open-ended run at Manhattan Ensemble Theater at 55 Mercer Street in Soho.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.