The George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick's first professional theatre, will host The Diva Festival May 8-May 11 and May 15-18. The Festival, which is billed as "eight great nights of music, comedy and storytelling at its most intimate" will be performed at the Playhouse's 90-seat Next Stage Theatre.
For $30, theatregoers can purchase the Diva Festival Pass, which will entitle them to admissions to all of the programs offered by the Playhouse's fourth annual festival. Each night of the festival boasts two performers, who present separate one hour shows with an intermission between each half.
This year's line-up includes the Tony Award-nominated writer and performer of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Mississippi Charles Bevel, who is on the bill with actress and performance artist Liza Colón-Zayas May 8 and 10. On May 9 and 11, New York actor-comedian Frank Ingraciotta will share stories about his Italian-American heritage from his one-man show, Blood Type: RAGU, and Tony winner Trazana Beverley, of for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf fame, will offer music and tales. Carmelia Tropicana, the Cuban-born, Obie Award-winning performance artist and writer of Milk of Amnesia will hold court at the intimate theatre on May 15 and May 17 along with poet and performer Zell Miller III. And, on May 16 and 18, Suzzanne Douglas, star of George Street Playhouse's Lady Day, and David Anzuelo, a LAByrinth Theatre charter member who fuses storytelling and martial arts, will perform.
To purchase individual tickets or the Diva Pass, call the box office at (732) 246-7717. The George Street Playhouse is located on Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, New Jersey
* Next up on the mainstage of the George Street Playhouse is CTRL+ALT+DELETE, Anthony Clarvoe's new comedy directed by Ethan McSweeney. The play, which addresses corporate America and industry collapse and runs from March 19 through April 14, asks the question, "What happens when a 20-something entrepreneur joins forces with the fourth richest man in America?" For tickets, call the theatre's box office at the above number or log on to www.georgestplayhouse.org.
—By Andrew Gans