Week of 2/3: Noteworthy News and Shows to See

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DIVAFest’s Gala Fundraiser

This year’s DIVAfest Gala theme, The Queen of Hearts, is a dual salute to Valentine’s Day and the upcoming Alice in Wonderland inspired burlesque show scheduled to premiere at the 13th annual DIVAfest, playing May 1-24 this year. Gala attendees will enjoy a rouge-clad Wonderland featuring festival excerpts, guest performers, music, antics, and surprises.
*Red attire encouraged*

Where: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 7PM
Venue: The Exit Theatre (156 Eddy Street, SF)

Finalists Announced for Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has announced 10 Finalists for its prestigious playwriting award, now celebrating its thirty-sixth year. The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, co-founded by Emilie S. Kilgore and William Blackburn, annually honors outstanding new English-language plays by women.

The Winner of the 2013-2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize will be named at the Awards Presentation in late February. The Winner will be awarded $25,000, and will also receive a signed print by renowned artist Willem De Kooning, created especially for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Each of the additional Finalists will receive $2,500.

(Thanks to Kelly Ground for the tip!)

Forgotten Treasures: An Evening of Scenes by Historic Women Playwrights

History Matters/Back to the Future will present FORGOTTEN TREASURES: An Evening of Scenes by Historic Women Playwrights Read by Luminaries of Stage, Film, and Television. The performance will take place at 7:00pm on Monday, February 17th at The Helen Mills Theatre 139 West 26th Street (between 7th and 6th Avenues) in NYC. Tickets are by invitation only.

A concert reading of scenes from plays by great women playwrights of the past — Zoe AkinsJane BowlesMary ChaseAlice ChildressRachel Crothers, Angelina W. Grimke, Lillian Hellman, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Maurine Dallas Watkins, and Edith Wharton – will demonstrate the relevance of their vision for the present and the future.

ACME Performance Project

The Laurette Taylor Experience is a series of devised moments from the life of Laurette Taylor, the first actor to play Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie. Inspired by Jermome Bel’s dance biographies, The Laurette Taylor Experience looks at how performance is created in the moment to moment dynamic between actor and audience. Devised by Michelle Talgarow and Elizabeth Spreen (performing Laurette). Acme Performance Project develops artistic work across a variety of media and forms. Dedicated to the spirit of Wile E. Coyote, Acme exploits the perverse relationship between invention and failure.

Factory Parts II and III takes off from where the project left off last year, where they hosted 10 visiting theater companies for fresh-out-of-the-box ensemble pieces. This year, the project includes four of the pieces in February and April.

Where: Theatre Of Yugen, 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94133 
When: 2/7 and 2/8

Z-Space’s The Pornographer’s Daughter

Artie and Jim Mitchell comprised one of San Francisco’s most infamous duos, the Mitchell Brothers, pioneers in the pornography industry. Liberty Bradford Mitchell, daughter of Artie, tells the story of growing up on the fringes of an X-rated world in the World Premiere of The Pornographer’s Daughter, directed by Michael T. Weiss, with musical direction by Kevin Harding, and produced by San Francisco-based producer and designer Jeff Rowlings.

***Not advised for persons under the age of 18***

Image courtesy: DIVAFest

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