Athena Writes 2018

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

Athena Writes 2018 year-end Staged Reading of excerpts from all Athena Writes playwrights’ full-length plays written in residence.

Athena Writes 2018 Theme:“Falling Forward.”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
@ 7PM

Directed by Chris Roe

ALCHEMICAL STUDIOS
104 West 14th Street
(between 6th & 7th Aves)
New York, NY 10011

Admission is Free.

Athena Writes 2018 Playwrights:
Flo Ankah
Nora Sørena Casey
Kathryn Funkhouser
Grant MacDermott
Isaac Allen Miller
Jeremy O’Brian
Martha Pichey
Marcus Scott
Judah Skoff
Leila Teitelman
Kate Thomas

Starring: Jimmy Brooks*, Joshua Gutierrez, Josh Jeffers, Camrus Johnson, Lea McKenna-Garcia*, Lori Minor*, Marilyn Oran*, dL Sams, Sarah Shankman and Alan Simon*

Stage Manager: Mary Cate Mangum*
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Producer: Veronique Ory

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Playwrights were also asked to write a short, 10 minute play for production. For more information about our evening of ten-minute plays, FALLING FORWARD, click HERE!

The playwrights will also be considered for full production by Athena Theatre Company in its next season. The playwright group will be meeting twice a month, beginning in mid-January, for three hour sessions, 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 dramaturges, 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.