Athena Writes 2017

Athena Writes Year-End Staged Reading
Come hear ten-minute excerpts from full-length plays by Athena Writes 2017 playwrights.

December 7th, 2017 at 7PM

The Episcopal Actors’ Guild of America, Inc. – 1 East 29th Street – New York, NY 10016
Between Fifth and Madison Avenue, historic Guild Hall is located on the second floor of the landmarked Little Church Around The Corner.

Directed by Leta Tremblay & Dina Vovsi
Stage Management by Kateryna Turkalo

This event is FREE! Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged! Please click HERE to reserve now!

Richarda Abrams*, J Stephen Brantley*, Patrick Horn, Starr Kirkland, Christina Liang*, Veronique Ory*, Stacey Raymond*, Jordan Tierney, Curry Whitmire* and Kate Whitney*

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Athena Theatre Playwright Group 2017
Developing world premiers of off-beat and irreverent psychological dramas and dark comedies that challenge traditional stereotypes. Athena produces theatre that entertains, informs, enlightens, questions and deepens audience awareness of vital modern issues.

Tragic Greek Sitcom by Nora Sørena Casey
Blood runs like water across the well-carpeted house of Atreus in this uncanny adaptation that brings the Orestia to life in a modern American living room. Or a sitcom set. What’s the difference?

Portraits by Brenda Foley
Trapped in the littered landscape of a bombed-out art gallery, Amanda and Oliver debate the consequences of leaving home without the one thing you need the most.

Sirius D by Julienne Hairston
A young boy knows the horror of what’s to come and must navigate through anger and pain to set a course toward a new memory.

Legacies by Meron Langsner
Conflicting loyalties between family and tradition in three generations of American practitioners of a classical Japanese martial art.

Wine and Water by Rachel Mann
While backpacking across South America, an American college student contends with the #metoo moment that set her journey in motion.

Untitled Damascus Play by Kate Mulley
What if you had followed him to Damascus? What would you have done?

The Win Win by Adam Seidel
A flailing playwright gets accepted to a big development opportunity by pretending to be his female roommate. A comedy with serious undertones.

Can You Hear Me Now? by Bara Swain
An urgent call from her mother prompts Loni’s alarmed visit in this mother/daughter two-hander, a selection from “The Head of Household Plays.”

Playwriting Group

Athena Theatre’s new playwriting group, Athena Writes, selected eight playwrights assembled for a one-year exploration of the theme: “A New Memory,” and centered on Athena Theatre’s commitment to supporting new work which pushes at the boundaries of live theatre.

Playwrights were asked to write a short, 10 minute play for production at the New Play Festival Spring 2017.

A NEW MEMORY: an evening of ten minute plays

Monday, May 15th @ 7PM

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025

Directed by Noa Egozi, an Israeli director based in New York. She is interested in exploring theatre’s ability to replace indifference with compassion, certainty with doubt, and passivity with action. Noa is a founding member of Second Circle Theatre Company, where she directed Peter Turrini’s Shooting Rats and developed a one-woman adaptation of The Taming of The Shrew which received an award for best adaptation from the United Solo Festival. Other recent directing projects include the world premiere of Sylvia Khoury’s An Inferno, the world premiere of Lorne Svarc’s Chained Woman, Mud by Maria Irene Fornes, and Noa’s original five-person adaptation of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Noa holds an MFA in directing at The New School for Drama and is a proud 2016 Drama League Directing Fellow.


Amanda Fuller
Allesondra Helwig
Patrick Horn

Dave T. Koenig
Marilyn Oran
Veronique Ory

Gustavo Pace
Shauna Pinkett
Jak Watson

Playwrights are also working on a full-length piece on this year’s theme.

The playwrights will also be considered for full production by Athena Theatre Company in its next season. The play group will be meeting twice a month, beginning in mid-January, for two-three hours, to discuss the year’s theme, share new work, talk playwriting and the business of theatre. The meetings also comprise of discussion about individual playwrights’ projects, as well as readings of new work, where playwrights will cast (from the other writers) and hear their work read aloud. Athena Theatre believes that a play cannot be fully understood until the words hit the ear of an audience. This process allows playwrights to deepen their understanding of their own work, as well as glean ideas and approaches from their fellow playwrights.

In addition to closed sessions, some meetings will include dramaturg, directors and other industry professionals, to help deepen the understanding of specific works, as well as discuss industry concerns. Athena Theatre will also actively solicit opportunities for artists to submit their plays, to venues in New York City as well as around the country.