2015 Athena Project Arts Festival

March 20- April 5, 2015

Truth & PerceptionEach year we strive to raise the bar on all aspects of our Athena Project Arts Festival. Our 2015 Truth & Perception festival is no exception. This year, we are proud to announce we will have events in 5 metro area Arts Districts (Downtown Denver, Santa Fe, RiNo, Aurora Cultural and 40 West Arts). Highlights of the festival include the world premiere of Harm's Way, our first full music festival at Cervantes' Other Side, 18 play performances, an evening of world dance at the Center for Visual Arts, 2 galleries filled with photography, a multi-media fashion show featuring emerging designers and our capstone Girls' Write performance at the Denver Center Conservatory Theatre.

 

2 galleries, 5 stages, 17 days, 40 performances, 200+ artists and over 1,000 audience members, all celebrating women in the arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theatre

World Premiere of Harm's Way by Marilyn Harris Kriegel

Harm's Way

Synopsis: It's the first decade of the 21st century when the United States, shocked by terrorism, tries to protect itself from further attack. Maggie Leeds, confused and disoriented, arrives in Paris on a visit to her son and his new wife. It's entirely unclear from the shreds of her bizarre travel tale whether she is a muddled, jetlagged older woman or a national security risk; whether a career as a science fiction writer, or something far darker, is responsible for her improbable story. Harm's Way explores paranoia and denial and questions whether we have become dangerously desensitized to violence and iniquity.

 

Marilyn Harris KriegelMarilyn Harris Kriegel Plays: Harm's Way, Pricked-Out, A Love Song for Orson Welles, Fidelity, and Lean & Slippered (Woman's Will 24-hour Play Fest). Marilyn's recent coproject, Athena, the Musical! won the audience appreciation prize in the Third Annual SF Olympians Festival. Ms Kriegel grew up in New Jersey and spent her adult life in California working as a schoolteacher, union organizer, editor, psychotherapist, non-fiction author and public speaker. A pioneer in the Human-Potential-Movement, she was co-chair of Antioch West University’s Masters program in Holistic Studies. Marilyn recently earned an MFA (2011) in playwriting from San Francisco State University. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild and League of Professional Theater Women. Ms Kriegel lives in San Francisco and teaches yoga.

 

Opening Night Receptions: March 20 from 5:30-8pm at ACAD Gallery, 1400 Dallas Street

 

 

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  • March 20, 27, April 3 @8PM
  • March 21, 28, April 4 @8PM
  • March 22, 29, April 5 @2PM
  • March 30 @8pm (industry night)
  • Aurora Fox Studio Theater
  • 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora, CO
  • $22/ $20 /$18 groups of 10+
  • Online, 303-739-1970

 

Plays In Progress Series (PIP)

Plays In Progress SeriesWhat: Workshop productions of four new plays by women, called our Plays In Progress, or PIP, Series.

Each play will get 2 workshop readings. Workshop level productions are designed with minimum sets, lights, sound, etc. and they also allow for an audience to give feedback. One play will be selected from this Series to be produced in the Athena Project Festival in March of 2015. Your vote counts!

See all the PIP Series details here, including schedule, featured playwrights, plays and synopses.

ScriptShapeSpecial Table Reading, sponsored by ScriptShape. On Monday 3/23 at 7pm at the ACAD Gallery, 1400 Dallas Street we will feature a table read of local playwright Julie Excell's play Crane Dance. This event is free and open to the public.

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  • March 26, April 2 @7PM
  • March 28, April 4 @1PM and 4PM
  • March 29, April 5 @7PM
  • Aurora Fox Studio Theater
  • 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora, CO
  • $12
  • Online, 303-739-1970

 

Girls' Write PIP Series

Girls' WriteWhat: Staged Readings by members of Girls' Write

We are pleased to showcase short works-in-progress by the girls in our Girls' Write Program. Girls' Write is our youth playwriting program run in conjunction with Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) This program provides girls in 7th grade with role models in the arts who teach them how to write a play.

DCPA-Education

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  • March 22 @10:30AM
  • Denver Center Conservatory Theatre
  • 1101 13th St., Denver, CO
  • suggested donation $10
  • at the door

Visual Art

Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery

Visual ArtWhat: Art gallery showing by female visual artists at the Aurora Cultural Art District's (ACAD) Gallery

All art displayed in this gallery will be curated by Mo'P- Month of Photography Denver. There will be an opening night reception at The ACAD Gallery on March 20 from 5:30-8pm. Proceeds from art sales benefit the artist and Athena Project. Coming soon: the list of featured artists and their bios.

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  • 1 hour before all festival plays
  • ACAD Gallery
  • 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, CO
  • free

Center for Visual Art

Visual ArtWhat: Art gallery showing by female visual artists at Center for Visual Art

All art curated for the showcase will pertain to the festival theme of Truth/Perception. Proceeds from art sales benefit the artist and Athena Project. Coming soon: the list of featured artists and their bios.

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  • 1 hour before all festival plays
  • Center for Visual Art
  • 965 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO
  • free

Dance

DanceCenter for Visual Art

What: Truth & Perception in Dance, curated by Kebrina J. De Jesus, is a celebration of world dance and the methods by which women illuminate truth and beauty in our society. From Samba to Bollywood, each dance carries with it the wisdom gained from the trials and triumphs of generations of  women who created these dances out of unimaginable circumstances. The dancers' bodies are conduits for creativity, passion, and perseverance, and their generosity of spirit allows us to experience these things with them. This evening of dance will culminate in community dialogue about these art forms and how they can serve as our guides by reminding us of the limitless capabilities of our human hearts.    
Coming soon: the list of featured dancers.

Curated by: Casa de Baile

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  • March 25 @8PM
  • Center for Visual Art
  • 965 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO
  • $12/$10
  • online coming soon/at door

Fashion

FashionTruth/Perception (Fundraiser)

What: Fashion show of female designers celebrating the our festival theme of Truth/Perception.

The show will blend performance art and fashion into a unique show benefitting Athena Project and highlighting local female designers. Sponsored by Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Coming soon: the list of featured designers.

 

RMCAD

 

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  • April 1 @7PM
  • RMCAD
  • TBD, Lakewood, CO
  • $25
  • online coming soon/at door

Music

Music Festival

MusicWhat: Music festival at Cervantes' Other Side, featuring female artists covering a range of styles.

Coming soon: the list of featured musicians and performance times

 

 

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  • March 29 @6pm
  • Cervantes' Other Side
  • 2637 Welton St., Denver, CO
  • $15
  • online coming soon/at door

Festival Sponsors

Athena Project would like to thank our generous festival sponsors who include:

 

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

 

Aurora Fox          acad          Scriptshape        DCPA-Education

     Mo Print 2014      Women and Girls Lead        Women+Film      Casa de Baile

 

CNDC