Comedy

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: THE DISTRICT THEATRE

In this long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue, Forbidden Broadway pokes, teases and lampoons anything Broadway has to offer- but always with love. This canon of witty and often times brilliant parodies is a time capsule of the American Theatre. Journey through more than 20 Broadway shows and spend the evening with Carol Channing, Julie Andrews, Ethel Merman, not to mention the casts of "The Lion King," "Wicked," "Mamma Mia," "Hairspray" and so many more in this entertaining tribute to some of Broadway's greatest shows and stars!

Fan Me, Lord!

In 1950s, Chicago native, Patricia Wilson visits home to share her big news after studying abroad in London. Little did she know her entire world will flip upside down as the beans spill about family secrets.

Can she face the challenges and keep her “new- found self-confidence?”

Ramla is a retired political science and Africana Studies professor.

Listen to Your Mother - SOLD OUT

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is a well-crafted 90-minute journey of true stories about motherhood—being a mom, having a mom, losing a mom, finding a mom—as many interpretations on the theme of mothering as you can imagine. From hilarious and heartwarming, to emotionally intense and profound, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER entertains, energizes, brings community together and leaves everyone feeling a little less alone and a little more understood.

Proceeds from this show benefit Pass The Torch for Women.

Toilet Talks

This year we are thrilled to see two plays in development. Toilet Talks, a semi-autobiographical play by Liz Thomsen about a mother and daughter, has had a table read, and is now reading for a staged reading.   Audiences will get to experience the journey not only of the characters but also of the plays themselves as they move through the development process.  Each play considers the life experience and showcase voices not often heard.

Fan Me Lord

This year at DivaFest, we are thrilled to see two plays in development. Fan Me, Lord, a comedy with serious bits, is being written by Ramla Bandele and is at the stage where the playwright needs to hear it all the way through. Audiences will get to experience the journey not only of the characters but also of the plays themselves as they move through the development process.  Each play considers the life experience and showcase voices not often heard.

Booby Prize

"This original one-woman show features the autobiographical journey of a breast cancer survivor. Facing her own mortality at age 37, Heather Carver found strength in the clowning career she began two decades earlier. The performance shows that comedy and cancer often can and must co-exist as a survival tool."

 

About the Playwright:

A trilogy of one-woman plays, which started with a devastating diagnosis, led Dr. Heather Carver to understand the power of humor in supporting health.

Dear Mavis

A one-act comedy about an aging advice columnist who is inspired by “Miss Manners”.

When a just-out-of-college editor takes over the newspaper and implements changes in every department, Mavis is teamed up with a twenty-something blogger to write a brand-new column. What could go wrong?

About the Playwright:

I Say Tomato, You Say Cheese

"I Say Tomato, You Say Cheese" is a funny, bittersweet look at an elderly widower fighting to remain independent as his cognitive abilities are declining. His daughter juggles taking care of him with her job and family, and has to find a solution when a crisis occurs.

About the Playwright:

MaryAnne Mathews has performed her original one-person play "Mrs. President: A Visit With Mary Lincoln" since 2013. She co-wrote "Mother Ireland" with Kate Duffy Sim, produced at the 2016 DivaFest.

In The Presence of My Enemies

Sarah’s husband Frank has died unexpectedly, leaving Sarah badly in debt. Frank’s relatives pressure Sarah to assume a large debt for a proper funeral, and Sarah is torn between honoring his family’s wishes and financial practicality. Family secrets and Frank’s true wishes are revealed, and Sarah develops new strength and resilience.

 

About the Playwright:

Physical Education


Young college students Mike and Becka are in love and want to get married. Mike is going to a parent-teacher dinner with his roommate, so he’ll tell his mother there—or will he? Love and innocence collide with vanity and deception as all gather in this Me Too era sex farce.
About the Playwright:

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