I begin with a question: Did you watch Diva during it's long run at The Little? If so, I'd love to hear your story!
In case you missed it, we're throwing a party before theater 1 temporarily closes for renovations. The fundraising event includes a screening of a rare 35mm print of the aforementioned Diva, plus live music from splendid soprano Kearstin Piper Brown, food, drinks, info on the Little restoration, Little Popcorn, and all our best friends.
In anticipation for the party, we dug up some old newspaper clippings, reviews, receipts, etc. for Diva. Here are some fun tidbits we found: It opened July 28, 1982. Diva's arrival was shortly after renovations at The Little, and after new ownership (William Coppard, along with John and Pam Blampied) took over on June 3, 1982. According to the files we found, DIVA screened until at least April 1983. The success of this thrilling New Wave French flick did wonders for The Little. It's fantastic that we get to bring it back to East Ave. for both the same people who made it a hit, and for a new audience.
Additionally, we found a score of old reviews. All of them were glowing, but I especially loved Jack Garner's original Democrat and Chronicle article (partially pictured). Just check out that lede! That's the kind of recipe we love at The Little.
Now, I keep saying "we" found all this cool stuff, but in actuality, it was our awesome facilities manager Jim Malley who discovered the Diva goods. A shout-out is in order, because Jim is responsible for a lot of the cool stuff on The Little walls. Thanks, Jim!
Related: CITY Newspaper interviewed Jim for their Diva Festiva preview article. Read here.
Even more info is below, but I will also share a ticket link with you too.