Kristin Hersh's RAT GIRL, adapted by Stuart Eugene Bousel
Part biography, part rock concert, part experimental theater, RAT GIRL is based on Hersh's memoir of the same name. It tells the story of how, in one year, she went from a gifted college student to an icon of art rock music when her band, Throwing Muses, was signed onto the British label 4AD Records. Along the way, Hersh discovered that she was bi-polar after a suicide attempt landed her in a mental hospital, and that she was pregnant with her first child. As much a story about one woman's struggle to live with her own particular demons as it is about the rise of a gifted and unique artist, the play is a surreal and often comical exploration of how we make peace with who we are.
The show will feature covers of songs from the self-titled Throwing Muses album, which was recorded at the time RAT GIRL takes place and went on to become a cornerstone of the American alternative music movement.
RAT GIRL is part of this year's DIVAfest, which began in 2002 as a response to the lack of opportunities for female playwrights in the larger theater industry and over the years has produced over 60 new plays by women. In 2011 DIVAfest evolved from being an annual EXIT Theatre festival into an independent, year-long producing organization dedicated to broadening it's impact and diversity. Each Spring culminates in an annual festival showcasing playwrights, actors, directors, designers, musicians, dancers, poets, visual artists, craftswomen, burlesque performers, and forums, all with a focus on female perspective and experiences. Throughout the year DIVAfest supports new and developing work with co-productions, bi-monthly work-shopping opportunities at DIVAs Tell All, and DIVA or Die Burlesque, a monthly revue. At its core, DIVAfest remains a celebration of female power and creativity, encouraging female artists, allies, and audiences to broaden their horizons and exceed boundaries.
Featuring Christina Augello, Nathan Brown, Eli Diamond, Allison Fenner, Tim Green, Heather Kellogg, Sam Jackson, Shay Wisniewski. Directed by Claire Rice. Musical Direction by James Grady. Sound Design by Christine McClintock, Set Design by Joshua Saulpaw, Lighting Design by Beth Cockrell, Projections by Colin Johnson.
The show plays May 1-24, at 8 PM, except on May 3rd, Opening Night, when it plays at 7 PM, part of a day-long event featuring the other performances and exibits of this year's festival. All shows are performed at the EXIT Stage Left, part of the EXIT Theatre complex at 156 Eddy Street in San Francisco.
More information: www.divafest.info. Press contact: Gary Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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156 Eddy Street
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