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Theatre Celebrates Women! (…but men love it too)

O’Connell & Company and TOY Present an original Curtain Up! Event-Diva By Diva
O’Connell and Company and Theatre of Youth have teamed up this year to present a one of a kind theatrical event for Curtain Up! At the fabulous Allendale Theatre September 19, you can experience a cabaret-style, all-star production filled with songs, readings, poetry, humor & quotes by, for and about women.
DIVA by DIVA the long running and award winning production was created by Mary Kate O’Connell, Artistic/Executive director of O’Connell & Company. This show was originally scheduled for 2 weeks and now it has been 10 years and still going strong.
The DIVA cast is drawn from all facets of our community; performing arts, the business & corporate arenas as well as the private & philanthropic sector, making this an eclectic group that a diverse audience can relate to and root for. Mary Kate writes a new script for each and every performance, designed around the DIVAs who are in that particular performance or geared to the group for whom they are performing. As Mary Kate often shares with the audience, “We have never had the same cast or the same script in any 2 DIVA performances over the years.” She is also incredibly excited at the chance to work with Theatre of Youth and use their space.
The cast receives the script an hour before the show. They dress in black with sparkly jewelry gather together with the director and a little while later-on with the show! Over 250 women have participated in various performances. If you have seen DIVA in the past, I encourage you to come again because it will be different but just as great as the time before.
If you miss DIVA Curtain Up! Weekend, don’t despair, they’re will be performances at many different venues including Hilbert College, The Roycroft Inn, The Riviera, Ujima Theatre throughout the year.
DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women! Will open on Friday September 19 only. Tickets are range from $30-$27 dollars. More information on this show and the fantastic seasons of TOY and O’Connell and Company can be found at and

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