San Francisco’s DIVAfest keeps on growing. When DIVAfest first began at EXIT Theatre in 2002, its goal was to support women artists and provide a place to show new plays and theater work in a world that still seemed to be dominated by male playwrights and masculine perspectives. Now in its 12th year, the arts-by-women festival has come into its own as a stand-alone festival with its own board of directors and 501(c )3 designation.
Event Details, Dates & Times
You’re Going to Bleed
Written by Melissa Fall and directed by Claire Rice
You’re Going to Bleed is an All-American black comedy about fantasies, sex and revenge. Out in foggy suburbia marriage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Anne wants to have sex, but her husband, John, won’t because it’s her “time of the month.” John is having fantasies inspired by The Crucible about his teenage pupil, Abigail. Abigail is having fantasies about being the central character and getting her own monologue. Anne’s sister Helen married Grahame because he looks like Hugh Grant. Before the play comes to a close there will be a haunting, a glass unicorn will shatter, a dinner party will come to a violent end, and someone is going to bleed.
You’re Going to Bleed is about what’s fair and unfair and what truly divides the sexes. You’re Going to Bleed is a manifesto, an angry fist being shaken at the canon of American dramatic literature. It’s also drop-dead funny, outrageously grotesque, phenomenally unexpected, and unsettlingly honest. You’re Going to Bleed is a play, acted out live, in a theatre for you to watch.
* EXIT Mainstage
* Previews - May 9, 10 8pm; Opening - May 11 at 7pm; Evening - May 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, June 1 at 8pm; Matinee - May 19, 26 at 2pm
* Tickets: $15 (I need a discount) $20 (general admission) and $25 (I support the arts), http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/357351
The Helen Project
By Megan Cohen and Amy Clare Tasker
The Helen Project zooms in and out of the bedroom and the mind of the most beautiful woman in the world. Creators Megan Cohen and Amy Clare Tasker will test their new Build-Your-Own-Helen Play Kit, constructing two different editions of the modular text to be performed over two weekends at DIVAfest.
Images of Helen from Homer and Marlowe, from modern poetry, and even ripped from the headlines of our contemporary tabloids turn in a kaleidoscope of original and found text. We glimpse fleeting portraits of this mythic woman as each edition twists the mirrors to reflect a new Helen.
Like the text, Helen herself is fragmented. Five women – all Helen – crowd a bedroom, each making a decision that will change her life. Five Helens look into a mirror, asking, “is this the face that launched a thousand ships?”
* EXIT Studio
* First edition - Friday, May 10, 8pm., Saturday, May 11, 5pm; Second edition - Friday, May 24, & Saturday, May 25, 8pm
* Tickets $10, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/357363
Rebel Without A Bra: A Burlesque Cabaret
Created by Red Velvet & If-N’-Whendy
Directed by Amanda Ortmayer
Featuring Sean Owens, If-N’-Whendy, Red Velvet, Bunny Von Tail, Josie Starre, Shimmies Galore, and Angelica Zanpatin-Solis
After a year of performing to sold-out houses at the EXIT, the co-artistic directors of DIVA or Die Burlesque (If -N’-Whendy and Red Velvet) bring you Rebel Without A Bra: A Burlesque Cabaret.
Join us for an enticing experience combining theater, cabaret, and burlesque in this unique and sensual evening of entertainment. Learn about women in burlesque history through the eyes, ears, and reminisces of some of its most fascinating participants. From the sultry stage presence of Victorian lovelies in tights, to the French cancan, through the classical age of burlesque beauties, to the current neo-burlesque genre, you will leave wanting more. We are also proud to announce the return of DIVAfest’s favorite stealth DIVA, Sean Owens as your tour guide for the evening. This theatrical experience strips away the performer’s inhibitions (and yours) at this year’s annual DIVAfest.
* EXIT Stage Left
* Fridays & Saturdays May 11 – June 1
May 11 at 9pm; May 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & June 1 at 8pm
* Tickets $15 (I need a discount), $20 (general admission), $25 (I support the arts)
Performance Art Showcase
Curated by Erica Blue
Based on her philosophy of “performer as creator,” Blue's workshop strives to inspire artists to shape their creative energy. She is an international dance theater maker and teacher. Now in the Bay Area she teaches, directs and performs with her ensemble, Auzzura Productions. Currently she offers her classes and workshops at The Berkeley Rep School of Theater.
* EXIT Studio
* May 16 & 30 @ 8pm
* $5 suggested donation
DIVAs Tell All
Curated by Catherine Debon
Catherine Debon showcases new work by women artists at the 2013 DIVAfest.
Showcasing some of the work developed at DIVAfest’s bi-monthly presentations through the year. Features excerpts from writing, music, comedy and performance art by women artists. Catherine Debon is a writer trained in Action Theatre, a physical theatre improvisational form. She is also a drama therapist. At present, she focuses on creating and directing theatre from personal stories. Her solo show, Alma Colorada, was a Best of SF Fringe winner and was featured at last year’s DIVAfest.
* EXIT Studio
* Saturday May 18 & June 1 at 8pm
* $5 Donation
Curated by Melissa Lyn and featuring Kate Kilbane & the Cellar Doors - Xandra Corpora - Kara Goslin
Kate Kilbane & the Cellar Doors won “Best of Fringe” last year for their rock musical, Weightless. Xandra is a favorite Lady of the Blues. Kara Goslin recently released her first studio album, “Missing.” Lyn herself is an accomplished singer/songwriter. She has been hosting Songwriter Saturdays at EXIT Café for the past several years and has presented over 50 new artists to Bay Area audiences.
* EXIT Café
* Saturday, May 25 at 8:30pm
Closing Champagne Brunch
A behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet the DIVAs and share in a bountiful feast of food, drink and lively conversation.
* Sunday June 2, 1pm-4pm
* Tickets $25