Theatre Review: “Madwomen’s Late Nite Cabaret” at DivaFest

Last Friday night I stayed late at the Indy Fringe building in downtown Indianapolis to see another of the five winning plays in the first annual, juried “DivaFest” – a celebration of local women playwrights, sponsored by the Indy Fringe Festival.

This one was called “Madwomen’s Late Nite Cabaret.”  It was written and directed by Julie Lyn Barber.  She also starred in it along with Amanda Hummer, Erica Dumond, Ben Asaykwee and Darrin Murrell.

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Theatre Review: “Dash Thirty Dash” at DivaFest

A week ago Friday night I drove through stormy weather to the Indy Fringe building in downtown Indianapolis to see the premiere of “Dash Thirty Dash,” written by Amy Wimmer Schwarb and directed by Matthew Roland.

This was one of the five winning plays in the first annual juried “DivaFest” – an event developed by the now year-round Indy Fringe Festival to celebrate and encourage women playwrights.

It was about recent cataclysmic changes in the news industry, shown through the experiences of the staff of a small, local newspaper in Florida.  Their lives change completely just in the short time between 2004 and 2008.

I had to work hard to understand what anyone in the cast was saying, either because they mumbled or they didn’t speak loudly enough, but what I could hear, I loved.  The piece was rich with fascinating details related to both the Florida setting and newsroom culture.  The story gave me a lot of good food for thought for my own life.

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DivaFest Congratulations and a Small Rant about Rankings

A week ago Friday night I ignored tornado threats and drove downtown to the Mass. Ave. theatre district of Indianapolis to see productions of two of the five winning scripts in the year-round Indy Fringe Festival’s first annual DivaFest weekend.  According to the IndyFringe website, DivaFest is “a celebration of women playwrights.”  Its purpose is “to shine a light on women writers as they tell their stories for the stage.” 

“A jury of theater professionals” selected 5 scripts from 29 entries and IndyFringe provided rehearsal space and other support for presenting them on the stage of the IndyFringe building.

The five winning scripts were:

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Word of Mouth and Mailbox

As always, there was a lot going on in terms of live theatre in the Indianapolis area last weekend and I have a lot in my email box about events coming up. 

Here is my writing plan for the next few days:

  • Word of Mouth and Mailbox (today’s post)
  • IndyFringe DivaFest Overview
  • Spotlight 2010 For the Record
  • Theatre Review: “Dash Thirty Dash” at IndyFringe DivaFest
  • Theatre Review: “Madwomen’s Late Night Cabaret” at IndyFringe DivaFest
  • Theatre Review: “Always Patsy Cline” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.  (And since this show runs through June 6, 2010, I will tell you right away that whether or not you are a country music fan, this show is a treat.  It is a satisfying musical tribute to the late Patsy Cline, but it also a moving and funny show about friendship and the power of musical storytelling in general.  Plus there are lots of beautiful dresses.)
  • If I have time, something related to the copious, compulsive notes I took at the Steven Dietz interview last month and the DivaFest panel of advisors this month.

In the meantime, here are a few items from last weekend’s gallivanting and from my email box, in random order:

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