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All About the Cat 

Wednesday, May 9 2012
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Pussy. It’s a word we don’t expect to see in a description of a festival that’s “a celebration of female power and creativity,” but there it is. To be fair, “pussy” in this case is not what you think. Except, well, maybe it is. Or it might be something else. In fact it’s all these things. That’s kind of the point. Pussy is a play, you see, that involves a cat. (Wait. Joke’s not over.) It also involves a lesbian couple. And their landlady, a woman who’s described as homophobic yet also bi-curious. The cat, meanwhile, is simultaneously homicidal and spectacular, and it wants to kick one of the humans out. The play involves “love, hate, love-sex, hate-sex, online dating, marriage, beauty, unicorns, vampires, [and] how softball can save your life.” It’s created and performed by Maura Halloran, and it’s part of DIVAfest, which also includes other performances in addition to burlesque, music, arts and crafts, workshops, and lectures. Another performance is Catherine Debon’s Alma Colorada, which is based on the story of a real-life Spanish/Basque family of resistance fighters in World War II. Genevieve Jessee tells the story of why “you can’t go home again. Or, you shouldn’t,” in Girl in, but Not of, the ’Hood, the story of a biracial woman who returns to her mother’s home in Oakland after finishing college, only to find that “getting out will prove a lot harder than moving in.” Where’s a homicidal cat when you need one?
May 12-27, 2012

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