Thirteen years ago Sandy Daley turned an arrogant telephone call from a former lover into a feisty book titled Whose vagina is it, really? Last year it evolved into a play that has done well in Canada, where the Kingston-born journalist/actress has lived since she was 15.
In December she won the Hamilton Fringe Festival Lottery which earned her play one of nine spots at the annual Hamilton Fringe Festival, scheduled for July 19-30 in that city.
First held in 2003, the event attracts over 20,000 patrons who watch independently produced plays such as Whose vagina is it, really? Daley, who also stars in and produces the satirical comedy, welcomes any publicity she can get.
"The exposure is worth its weight in gold! To have such a built-in audience in such a world-renowned festival is beyond exciting. We are doing all that we can to make this a great project, one the world will appreciate," she told the Jamaica Observer.
Produced by Daley's Chocolate Dollz Productions, 'Whose Vagina' is described as a "laugh-out riot, with the motive of spreading a social message. It focuses on telling the tales of women through the lens of socio-economic, religious, and political factors. The characters are from diverse origins and cultures to demonstrate how, globally, women share the same stories".
Daley said she was inspired to write the book after a former lover called her and wondered if "that thing" was "still his". Whose vagina is it, really? was released in August 2010 and became a sensation in the Greater Toronto Area.
Last year the stage version debuted at the Al Green Theatre in Toronto. It is also expected to play the San Diego Fringe Festival in May.
Daley is a past student of Wolmer's High School for Girls. She was once a columnist for the New York-based Street Hype newspaper and has hosted The Daily Grind radio and television shows.
Describing Whose vagina is it, really? as her most notable creative achievement, she envisions even bigger things for it.
"I felt overjoyed that I would have another opportunity to showcase this play. It's been such a work in progress for me since the book was published in 2010. It has truly come full circle for this project," said Daley.
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