Where can Indianapolis theater audience members find eight different contrasting one-hour plays, written by Indiana women (and reflecting a Hoosier woman’s point of view) in one location, over two weekends in early Spring? 

DivaFest, that’s where!

Where can audiences find plays which tell all kinds of stories?

·The story of four women, trapped under mysterious circumstances in a place they do not recognize, and yet, they cannot seem to find the way out?  

·A Fairy Godmother whose business is suffering due to her unwillingness to embrace modern technology and prefers to make magic the old-fashioned way?  

·An African-American Sheriff struggling with the disease that is ravishing his wife’s body? 

·A teen-age girl who has made a vow of chastity and is wondering if she will be able to honor her commitment to herself and her family? 

·A young Irish woman trying to decide whether to take up the fight for Irish freedom in her brother’s name, or stay in Donegal to take care of her aging mother? 

·A woman who has her “come-to-Jesus” moment in the ladies room of a fashionable hotel?

·A story inspired  by the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston, the American novelist, short story writer, folklorist and anthropologist? 

·A story about two friends who nearly come to blows, because one hates Mark Ruffalo, and the other doesn’t? 

DivaFest, that’s where!

Where can audiences find plays written by twelve diverse and fascinating women…..women who are experienced, and women who are just starting out?  African-American women?  Women who come from all walks of life?  Women who (by day) work as librarians, lawyers and professors?  Women who work in the theater for a living, and women who have never had a play produced before?  

DivaFest, that’s where!

Tickets $12 each / $70 for and see every show (call 317 52 8099 to purchase)

ONLINE at www.indyfringe.org  or by phone 317 522 8099

Sixth Annual DivaFest: Spring 2016

April 1-10, 2016 in the Indy Eleven Theatre!

DivaFest is a juried playwrighting festival sponsored by the IndyFringe. Nationally, only 19% of published plays have been written by women. We are seeking to change that.

Over the years, DivaFest has fostered the growth of new works, new audiences, new performing companies, and new fringe festival shows. Julie Lyn Barber's "Madwomen's Late Nite Cabaret' premiered in DivaFest and went on to IndyFringe and Montreal Fringes. Julie Mauro's "Strip for Change" was a huge hit in 2012. Tiffanie Bridges was inspired by her 2011 appearance in "The Wedding Belles" to write her first show, "Is That Your Reel Hair?" which was presented in this year's festival.  Who will have the next hit show?

The importance of DivaFest:

  • Develop and present voices not often heard as well as showcase the work of established voices.
  • Help new playwrights learn the processes of play production: write the play, pass jury for acceptance, work with production team, market and evaluate.
  • Engage new and established audiences in the art and craft of production
  • Bring new excitement to theatre and grow DivaFest as a center for Indiana women playwrights.
  • Attract regional and national media coverage

Past DivaFest Finalists:

Alarmed - Bernadette Bartlett
Dash Thirty Dash - Amy Wimmer-Schwarb
Moment of Impact - Jessica Strauss and Julie Mauro
Winter Solstice - Amy Pettinella
Madwomen's Late Night Cabaret - Julie Lynn Barber

The Wedding Belles - Nicole Kearney
Castles in Spain - Claudia Labin
Seeing the Universe's Magic Through the Eyes of an In-Betweener - Mikki Randolph
15 minute plays: Scattered with a Chance by Jessica Strauss, Tamlane by Julie Lynn Barber, Deep in Love by Deborah Asante
Strip for Change - Julie Mauro
Voice of an Angel - Tiffanie Bridges
No Place Like Home - Claudia Labin
Chaotica - Christel Bartelse
Sweatpants and High Heels - Dija Henry and Denise Warnsby

Invitations - Sharla Steiman, Indianapolis        
The Jazzy Detective - Nicole C. Kearney, Indianapolis
Marilyn Monroe, Communist - Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, Provincetown, MA
Good Things Come in Small Packages -Tina Nehrling, Jan White, Gari Williams (Indianapolis)
Storytellers :
LouAnn Homan - "And she Lived Happily, Happily, Happily Ever After...Or Did She?"
Stephanie Holman -Move it or Lose it
Sally Perkins -Wise Mothers Lie
Frances Whitener -The Trip to Indy
Kosmic Karnival - Jan White, Indianapolis
IMAGINARY KYLE A Romantic Comedy -  Bernadette Bartlett and Jenee Lusk, Indianapolis
Royal Friends, - Rita Kohn, Indianapolis

Next Show

Next Show: 
Tuesday Jun 7th, 12:30AM

Performance Times

Performance Times: 
Tuesday Jun 7th, 12:30AM