Good Grief

Athena Theatre
presents a Workshop Production of
by Kirt Shineman

Directed by Graydon Gund

September 11-15, 2019

The Cell Theatre
338 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

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Starring: Isaac Cruz*, Amanda Brooke Lerner*, Marilyn Oran*, Jonathan Stewart* and Forrest Weber*

Production Stage Manager: Alex Williamson*
Assistant Stage Manager: Ashley J. Nickas*

Equity Approved Showcase Production
*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Following the death of her son, Charlie, while on a study abroad in Belgium, college professor Marie finds herself unable to cope. Returning to work, Marie tries to deal with her fears and reconnect with her husband, Joe, but she can’t face what happened to her son. With the help of her psychologist, Dr. Weber, Marie attempts to overcome her fears, so that they can fly to the trial of the terrorist who killed Charlie, in Brussels. Can she face her fears with the aftermath of such traumatic events?

The play received the first reading at Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre, directed by Brian Foley, and with Brenda Foley, Kent Burnham, Chad McCluskey, and Jai Raja. The second major reading at the Theater Artists Studio in Phoenix, Arizona, included Maureen Dias, and Lesley Tutnick. The O’Neill Theatre Conference Festival honored the play with a 2017 semi-finalist award. Dramaturgy assistance included work by Kristin Idaszak, Jeremy Stoller, Susannah Stengel, and most recently, Ryan Campbell.

Kirt Shineman (playwright and dramaturg): Great Plains Theatre Conference (The Pornographer), O’Neill National Play Conference (Good Grief- semi-finalist, Forbidden Glass- semi-finalist, Germs and Viruses- semi-finalist), Athena Theatre (Good Grief), TheaterWorks Westival New Play Festival (Benkelman and Junction Creek), The Hormel New Works Fest (Cloning Peter), and is a Kennedy Center ACTF National and Regional Finalist (various plays). Shineman’s work is published (Allie Opp’s Last Fantastic Day) and available on the NPX (New Play Exchange). As a dramaturg he’s worked with playwrights such as Philip Dawkins, Angelica Howland, and Y York. He is a Dramatist Guild and LMDA member.

In 2018, Athena Theatre selected the play for Athena Reads, and read the play at the Dramatists Guild Foundation, with the following cast: John Carhart, Dan Jaffe, John Hardin, Marilyn Oran, Maria Wolf, and Vin Scialla.

Athena Theatre is deepening our relationship with our playwrights. We have selected one play from Athena Reads 2018 for a workshop production with the goal of moving this piece toward full production.

Veronique Ory, Producer
Chris Roe, Associate Producer
Mary Greene, Production Manager
Sara Fellini, Scenic & Properties Design
Daniel Taylor, Lighting Designer
Andy Evan Cohen, Sound Designer
Brian Pacelli, Projection Design
Janessa Urwin, Costume Designer
Bailey Brandvold, Dramaturge
Julia Marshall, House Manager