8th Annual DIVAfest April 2 – April 25, 2009
An Affair of Honor by Lee Kiszonas
The story of Julie D’Aubigny, a cross dressing sword fighting opera diva forced to fight in Parisian taverns for francs until she is discovered by Philippe Duc D’Orleans who takes her to Marseilles to sing in the opera. There she meets and falls in love with Bette, who believes Julie is a man. Ultimately she is unmasked by Philippe’s jealous lover Georges and must fight for her honor with Georges as the horrified Bette runs away and joins a convent. Julie and Philippe concoct a gender bending plan to spring Bette from the convent only to have Julie challenged by the betrayed Bette to a duel…of Honor.
Samsara by Lauren Yee, Director and Dramaturge Jayne Wenger.
The story of an American woman and her attempt to have a child through a surrogate in India. A staged reading of a Work-In-Progress by Lauren Yee, the author of Ching Chong Chinaman and other plays.
Capote’s Last Frontier by Lee Kiszonas
Fact: Truman Capote earned fame and fortune with the publication of the true story of Hickock and Perry’s midnight murder spree that became IN COLD BLOOD. Rumor: Truman promised Hickock a large sum of money for the story. That money was never paid. What if: Robert, Hickock’s son, tracks Capote down and demands the money? It’s 1984, Capote is broke and washed up. He doesn’t have the money…or so he says. Robert has brought along a shotgun, rope and duct tape and will make Capote relive the nightmare he wrote about so effectively unless Truman can outwit him or come up with $10,000. A workshop reading.
LADY OF THE ‘LOIN featuring Shannon Day and the songwriting team Don Seaver and Sean Owens.
A sizzling tribute to San Francisco’s raciest, raunchiest, most unrepentant neighborhood: the Tenderloin. A dozen stories-in-song, about good girls gone wrong, wronged girls getting the goods, and low-lifes living the high life. A dozen stories-in-song including “It’s Always A Dame”, “A Cut Above”, “So Far From Civilized”, “The Strut On The Street”, “Homicide’s A Gift”, “Out Here On The Edge”, “Save Me From Myself”, and “Eat At Joe’s.”
Dreams, Visions and Apparitions by Diane di Prima.
Poems from such dreams, visions and apparitions, deliberately invoked, or arriving out of the blue. Including poems from Calculus of Variations, Selected Poems 1956-1976, Pieces of a Song, Recollections of My Life as a Woman (including outtakes), Loba and material from unpublished manuscripts including The Black Notebook, Dakini Moon, ZipCode and Death Poems for All Seasons.