Exit Theatre’s DIVAfest returns to San Francisco by Kevin M. Thomas

What is a diva? Well, this weekend you’re about to find out through Exit Theatre’s DIVAfest, which starts April 8 and runs through May 1.

The DIVAfest is a collection of new theatre pieces written by women. According to artistic director Christina Augello, there’s something for everyone – “from Irish ballads to a Tenderloin musical … with Buddhist ruminations, a pirate queen, travel tales and rough shod art.”

Shannon Day in "Lady of the Loin"

Shannon Day in "Lady of the Loin" Photo: Elizabeth Rosas

For those who like their theatre all with a local flavor, “Lady of the ‘Loin” is “a sizzling tribute to San Francisco’s raciest, raunchiest, most unrepentant neighborhood: the Tenderloin .” Part story, part cabaret the show features Shannon Day (right) and  runs four performances only and starts April 8.

“The Wind and the Rain” runs Thursday-Saturdays throughout the festival. Based on the classic Irish ballad of the same name, “The Wind and Rain”  is an age-old tale about sisters, love, jealousy, revenge and the consequence of change.  While written with the help of the ensemble, writer Claytie Mason did win Best Play in 2006 at the Fringe Festival for her previous effort “The Secret Ruths of Island House.”

(left to right) Rebecca Jackson, Jenna Bean Veatch PHOTO: Bryan R. Thomas

(left to right) Rebecca Jackson, Jenna Bean Veatch PHOTO: Bryan R. Thomas

Besides these promising works, the DIVAfest is also some readings, poetry and even a visual art display in the Exit’s Café. All of the poetry and readings require no reservations and can be enjoyed for a mere $5.

You can also  enjoy great savings with the multi-show pass – to learn more about schedules and prices, go to www.theexit.org or call 415/673-3847.