DIVAfest 2002

1st Annual DIVAfest May 16 – May 25, 2002

elsaTHE LAST OF THE RED-HOT DADAS Written by Kerry Reid and Performed by Christina Augello

Follow the outrageous exploits of the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Dada’s unsung heroine, as she reflects on the nature of art, gender relationships and the price to be paid for telling the truth about both. Pre-Punk by 60 years and perhaps our first feminist performance artist the Baroness, sewed tea balls to her skirts, and wore postage stamps in place of rouge– and, once she was through mocking Duchamp, came west to haunt the streets of Greenwich Village. “The first American Dada…she is the only one living anywhere who dresses Dada, loves Dada, lives Dada.”- Little Review 1922

SONGS ABOUT LIFE & DEATH & LOVE & INSECTS Written and Performed by Amy X Neuburg
“Neuburg’s vocals are a miracle; she is, by turns, a frigid dispenser of cold truths, a siren and an eccentric.” — San Jose Metro One-woman techno-circus Amy X loops and layers a harmonious melee of musical styles into a vibrantly theatrical transformation of the musical revue. ( Second weekend W/special guest, dancer/choreographer Nina Haft performs “The Ring”, bullfigting at it’s best!) “Neuburg makes music whose dizzy mix of complexity, accessibility, and intensity are matched by few… Laurie Anderson would be proud.” — Musician magazine

DIALOGUE BETWEEN A PROSTITUTE AND HER CLIENT by Dacia Maraini and directed by Sabrina Klein.
It should be a simple exchange: money for sex. In this exchange, it’s not so clear who’s taking whom for what or for how much. Virginity, rape, mother’s milk, homoerotic fantasies, violence, literature, politics, money. It sure gets complicated sometimes, doesn’t it?

libbyDELLICIOUS: LILY MARCHAND RISES AGAIN Written and Performed by Libby O’Connell. Long-deceased legendary star of stage and screen Miss Lily Marchand brings her nightclub act direct from the 10th circle of Hades to the stage at the EXIT Cafe. Lily is on a mission, belting out brassy anthems and smoldering ballads in an evening of song and sass to secure her place in history.

CHAMPION! Written and Performed by Thessaly Lerner. Three cheers for this spirited solo dedicated to the cheerleading crusade of Mindy McGillicuty, a grown-up little girl who never played Annie. Can pluck and a ponytail make up for psychotic obsession? Imagine Norma Desmond descending the staircase with pom-poms and you’re at the opening of CHAMPION!

BODY TALK: BOOBS, BUTTS & THIGHS by Buffy Charlet. Live Onstage! The immovable objectification of beauty myths goes head to head with the unstoppable struggle for self-acceptance in a battle as old as foundation garments, as American as apple pie and as universal as cellulite. A Staged Reading.

MADAM NOIR’S FANDANGO Underbelly Erogeny Odyssey from the Carnival of Chaos led by Andrea Terry & Mark Bunnell
“…. the sonic equivalent of scratching an itch I couldn’t reach….” –Bay Guardian
A western-Sci-Fi-cabaret catapults a band of crazed vaudevillians into a wild night of Musical Madness. Through song and dance, circus arts and cabaret we make the epic journey into the divine and treachorous spirit of the Diva. “…like driving a race car into Alice’s Wonderland. You can suddenly be bombarded by images and seduced by the poetry of your surroundings.” –Goldendale Sentinal

THE WOMEN, a DIVAfest Benefit Reading by Clare Boothe Luce.
A very special staged reading of this seminal feminist comedy, starring the collected stars of our festival, plus a cadre of celebrity performers from around the bay. Fans of the film and stage play should be on hand to hear this uproarious all-female farce played out as only the ladies of DIVAFest can do it.

NOCTURNE, paintings by Teresa Moore, always articulate the universal truth about women, against backdrops ranging from bordellos and boudoirs to skylines and champagne socials. Ms. Moore’s “Nocturne”, the visual icon of DIVAFest, is one in a sumptuous pageant of her sensual and supremely female paintings celebrating women, whether careworn or carefree.

GIRLESQUE, written and performed by Sean Owens. Portraying with affection, energy and cunning the female influences that spanned his teens and twenties, Sean Owens creates a world that is both wildly funny and deeply moving.

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