D.I.V.A. Speakeasy Salon launches at Rockwell Table & Stage

/ 12:50 AM August 10, 2019

D.I.V.A. hosts Anthea Neri and Danny Bernardo. CONTRIBUTED

LOS ANGELES — Filipina American performer Anthea Neri and fellow Fil-Am associate producer Danny Bernardo will host D.I.V.A. Speakeasy Salon, a variety show full of burlesque, music, magic, comedy, and more at the  Rockwell Table & Stage, on Tuesday, August 20, at 8 p.m .

Planned as an ongoing series, D.I.V.A. Speakeasy Salon transforms the Rockwell into an all-encompassing, vintage experience that mixes the subversiveness of the Kit Kat Club with the immersiveness of Westworld, Admission is $20.

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“It’s really a chance for people to unite in a fun and entertaining way, “ said Neri about her inspiration to create D.I.V.A. The mission of D.I.V.A. (Diversity Inclusion Variety Acceptance) is to “provide a platform for all humans to showcase their talents in a loving environment, while allowing our audience to experience all the possibilities of entertainment in central Los Angeles and beyond.”

“It’s a chance for all people to come together under one roof and witness different acts and different people that they might not normally see, or have the opportunity to see. It’s important to me to cultivate a space of support, love, and self expression where everyone is included, and we all can feel that connection in one stage in the heart of LA,” Neri added.

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“I think the best thing about what we’ve got planned is the spectacle of the experience,” Bernardo said about the immersive element. “The moment you step foot into the Rockwell we’re immediately inviting you to play in our world, to partake, and have fun. It’s not just about the variety acts, which I can’t believe some of the talent we’ve gotten on board, it’s about the entire experience.”

“Audiences will feel like they’ve been transported into another time and space when they see these acts,” added Neri. “They’ll be amazed when they witness the amount of skill and talent on display.”

Currently slated to appear for the inaugural event are Pinoy performers Giselle Tongi (singer), Jasmine Rafael (spoken word),  Lucky (Drag Performer), JP Moraga (Gender Nonbinary Performer), and Leyo (Singer) with Nata Ibragimov (Circus/Rings), Derrell Underwood (Dancer), Lamonte Goode (Cyber Yoga), Burlesque performers Alli Miller (of Cherry Poppins), Kayla Emerson, and Sarah Wines and comedians Andrew Rolfo, Danielle Soto, and Brad Stoll. with more performers to be announced at a later date. Themed drink specials will also be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/DIVAfbLA and to book tickets, please visit http://bit.ly/DIVA820.

Anthea Neri (Creator/Host) is an actress, singer, producer and human empowerment ambassador, who can be seen in numerous television commercials, virtual reality games, and heard regularly as the co-host of the Pretty Rich Podcast. With East West Players, she played the role of “Tanya” in Mamma Mia and most a cast member of the East West Players’ Ovation award wining musical, Next to Normal. Anthea has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Ford Amphitheater, the Public Theater, and many other venues.

Danny Bernardo (Associate Producer/Host) is an LA-based actor, writer, director, and producer. He spent most of his in Chicago working with companies such as the Goodman, About Face, Victory Gardens, Lifeline, the House Theatre of Chicago, Silk Road Rising, and was a company member of Bailiwick Chicago and Porchlight Music Theatre. In LA, he played “Harry Bright” in East West Players’ MAMMA MIA and “Hot Blades Harry” in Coeurage’s URINETOWN.

Where: Rockwell Table & Stage – 1714 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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When:Tuesday, August 20 at 8pm

How Much? $20; Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/DIVA820

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