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Presented by Ellen and Richard Shevitz
Six outstanding female playwrights$18:00 Adult $13:00 Seniors/Student
According to the New York State Council on the Arts, only 22 percent of stage productions across the country are created by women; that’s up from a dismal 17 percent fifteen years ago. We must do better.
DivaFest develops and presents these female voices, providing a supportive environment where they can hone their craft. We explore new writers, works and performing companies, but leave enough room for our established playwrights to foster mentoring relationships. Our goal is to grow Indiana as a center for female playwrights and encourage the public to support them by buying tickets, watching shows and sharing their thoughts with friends in person or on social media. IndyFringe received 16 entries for DivaFest 2017 from as far away as New York and as close as here Indianapolis. Through our juried process, we have selected the best six to present at the festival over two weekends in mid-March.
Description: Comedy based on an Oscar-winning film star who moves from Hollywood to her home town in the Midwest. The story revolves around her group of friends and neighbors who are aging in their own unique ways. A birthday gift from her godson presents a journey into the world of cyber mishaps. The adventures of these characters promise to bring some laughs and entertainment to this year’s Diva Fest.
Bio of playwright: Jan White is proud to be a four-year veteran in the Indy DivaFest. She is a big fan of the Fringe and a member of the board at Theater on The Square. She began learning the tools of playwriting with classes at the Writers Center of Indianapolis in her early sixties. The experience and growth that DivaFest provides woman have been priceless. Last year, her play “What is this Place?” went on to have a run in the IndyFringe Festival 2016.
What is the best line in your show? “I wouldn’t be so sure about that with all the Botox you make me shoot in that face of yours; I wouldn’t be surprised if you won’t be dead for years before anyone even notices you are decomposing.”
What is a little-known fact about you? “I had a twenty minute marriage in the early 80s. (It was three months.)”Buy Ticket Link
Description: “On the Pole” confronts how working on the pole impacts the past, present and future lives of three dancers and a former dancer turned house mother, on the eve of one's first night and one's final night on the pole.
Bio of playwright: Nicole Kearney’s plays have been produced in New York City, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, Orlando and Indianapolis. Her web series can be seen online at youtube.com/nicolekearneyproductions and the streaming platforms; OhDef.net, ColoredContent.com and SparkkTV.com. She was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Sundance Institute-YouTube New Voices Lab. She has a MFA in Dramatic Writing from Spalding University. As a former professor, she taught literature, creative writing and playwriting.
What is the best line in our show? "You're still a good girl; you're just nasty for work."
What is a little-known fact about you? “I was born in New Jersey, lived in the South Bronx, NY when hip hop began and have lived all over the world, as my dad is a retired Army veteran.”
Bashiri Asad is Richard
LaKesha Lorene is Etta
Shakisha Shakisha is Simone
Garrett Gammons is Miles
Mariah Ivey is Nina
Kortez Walker is Darius
Cheryl Herbert is Alesha
Ilandia Johnson Johnson is Love
Jeamell Briggs is James
“HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr”
Playwright: Heather Massie, New York City
Description: Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented frequency hopping and spread spectrum technology that make the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy and intrigue, to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there!
Bio of playwright: Heather Massie is a NYC actor and writer. Originally from Virginia, she has always been fascinated by science, and seeks to marry her loves of science and art in the person of Hedy Lamarr. Massie studied astrophysics at University of Virginia and theatre arts at the Virginia Tech School of the Arts. She has performed extensively in NYC, regionally and internationally in Zimbabwe, Ecuador and St. Petersburg, Russia. She was named Outstanding Actress in a Staged Reading at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC; Festival Bestseller at United Solo, NYC; and Best Actress at SaraSolo Festival, Sarasota. www.heathermassie.com/hedy
What is the best line in your show? "There's no secret to glamour. Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."
What is a little-known fact about you? “When I was in third grade, I decided I wanted to be either an astronaut or an inventor.”Buy Ticket Link
Directed by : Miranda Swan
Brooke Eden is a very confused 20-year-old kid. She is just trying to navigate through her life, all while dealing with awkward dates, therapy appointments and ballet class. “Batshit” is one punk’s hilarious journey to embrace the craziness that is life…and her brain.
Bio of Playwright:
Brooke Ashley Eden is a feminist, performer, playwright, director and human being currently based out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. She is currently a student at Western Kentucky University, where she is pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite performance credits include Seussical the Musical, Our Town, The Hatmaker’s Wife and Guys and Dolls. Favorite directorial credits include Almost, Maine, Little Shop of Horrors, and Solace for Jim. This is her first playwriting credit, so if you see her around, maybe say something nice and give her a pat on the back.
What is the best line your show? “I have LITERALLY been stressed out, shitting and trying to off myself since BEFORE day one.”
What is a little-known fact about you? “I was homeschooled for 8 years!”Buy Ticket Link
A moment can continue to haunt you well after it has passed and reconciling that moment with the rest of your life isn't always as easy as it seems. The memories that linger can be damaging, empowering, frustrating and glaring as they wash over you in the seconds before everything changes.
Bio of playwright:
Chelsea has worked with many fantastic theatres such as Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Forward Theater Company, Theatre LILA, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Madison Opera, and her own Nova Theatre, and has enjoyed many productions at UW-Madison (MFA in Theatre) and UIndy (BS in Theatre). Chelsea is a theatre professor and has led a variety of workshops and independent classes throughout her career working as an actor, director, dialect coach, playwright and producer. www.chelseaabanderson.com
What is the best line in our show? "You think ‘How could this have happened?’ And your brain answers: ‘Because of you.’”
What is a little-known fact about you? “I decided what I wanted to do with my life when I was 15 and I've been working on it ever since.”Buy Ticket Link
Directed by Padraic Lillis
What’s the first thing Valerie does when she’s diagnosed with cancer for a second time in her life? She tries to get laid and is on the quest for Mr. Right (now)! Valerie is now battling breast cancer after fighting off Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 15 years earlier. Afraid she might lose “the girls,” Valerie decides to takes them out for one last hurrah. And does she succeed? Come see The Pink Hulk to find out! With unflinching bravery, Valerie strives to empower herself and conquer her insecurities of breast cancer’s impact on her womanhood. This sexy, adventurous solo show follows the triumphant journey of one woman seeking her own "hulk-like" strength to find her superhero within–a true and inspiring story–watch the underdog triumph!
Bio of playwright: Valerie began The Pink Hulk in November 2015 after her two bouts with cancer. She wants to inspire and empower any person facing adversity in life that there is hope. The Pink Hulk was nominated for Best Performance of a Solo Show and Best Overall Production of a Solo Show in Planet Connections, and awarded a Congeniality Award and Planet Activist Award for raising cancer awareness. Valerie also received the Queen's Medal for Valour by the 2017 SaraSolo Festival in Sarasota, Florida. Visit http://pinkhulkplay.com
What is the best line your show? “I need to get laid again if I am to lose ‘the girls!’”
What is a little-known fact about you? “I was featured on a dating boot camp reality show on a Fox morning show and I am still single!!!”Buy Ticket Link