- OTHER MEDIA
- By Aaron Sankin
- This is the seventh year that the EXIT Theatre has put on DIVAfest,
what EXIT's artistic director, Christina Augello, calls "a celebration
of the female creative," and 2008 looks to be one of the festival's
strongest years yet. First, there's the DIVA Cabaret, a revue of original
songs and comedy sketches starring a bevy of local "divas," and
hosted by a dragged-up Sean Owens. Next, a stage reading of Pireeni Sundaralingam's
powerful play, War Harvest, which deals with the impact that the brutal
and bloody Sri Lankan civil war had on families that fled to the West.
There's a reading by beat poet Diane di Prima, who's bee a literary icon
for nearly half a century. Finally, there is the festival's centerpiece,
a production of Medea Knows Best, an update by Seattle's Nebunele Theatre
Company that picks up the ancient Greek tragedy and drops it off in the
1950s - along with a striptease, live music and a doo-wop chorus.