2016 Athena Project Arts Festival

March 4- April 10, 2016

2016 Festival ImageFor our 2016 Athena Project Arts Festival (March 4-April 10, 2016), we are excited to present our world premiere play, The Ghosts of Us by Rebecca Gorman O'Neill, and 4 Plays In Progress at The Byron Theatre in the Newman Center, a Jazz festival celebrating female Jazz artists at Dazzle Jazz, an evening of dance at Armstrong Center for Dance featuring a diverse array of choreographers and an art installation curated especially for us at the Museum of Outdoor Arts. Our educational outreach performance, Girls Write, will showcase ten 7th grade girls' new plays as staged readings at the Denver Center Conservatory Theatre.  In addition we will be featuring additional female artists in the realm of improv, spoken word, poetry, comedy, fashion and more, all part of Pop Up Performances taking place at various stations along the RTD Light Rail.  Tweet about us using #athenaproj2016

 

See our online programs here.

 

Want to see our past festival line-ups? Find them here in our Festival Archives.

 

 

 

Theatre

World Premiere of The Ghosts of Us by Rebecca Gorman O'Neill

 

Synopsis: In The Ghosts of Us, Emma and Jackson are getting a divorce.  To fulfill the terms of an ill-conceived prenuptial agreement, they must spend 36 hours together in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains.  Each brings along a “witness:” As alliances shift, old grudges and long-held secrets emerge, until each member of the group is laid metaphorically bare before the others, revealing who is whole and who is broken, who holds the moral high ground, and who actually de-railed long ago.  The Ghosts of Us is inspired by the darkly humorous plays of Anton Chekhov.  We can't wait for you to see it make its big debut in 2016.

 

The Newman Center for the Performing Arts is located at the southwest corner of East Iliff Avenue & South University Boulevard; approximately 1 mile south of the University Boulevard exit off Interstate 25. 

 

Any tickets purchased in advance will include parking in The Newman Center parking garage is located 1 block south of the Newman Center (University & Wesley.) If you do not pre-purchase you may be subject to special event parking fees depending on other events in the complex.  These fees range from $8-$20.  Street parking is available in the neighborhoods but beware of street parking needing permits.

 

Rebecca Gorman O'NeillRebecca Gorman O'Neill An Ohio native, Rebecca started writing plays at Dartmouth College.  After earning her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon, Rebecca found herself in Denver, and is currently a Professor of English at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, Cinema Studies, and the graphic novel. 

 

The Ghosts of Us features the talents of: Regina Steffen, Kevin Lowry, Arlene Rapal, and Benjamin Cowhick.

 

**Please note that daylight savings begins on Sunday March 13th, when we spring our clocks forward by one hour.**

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  • March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8 @8PM
  • March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 @8PM
  • March 13, 20, April 3, 10 @2PM
  • Industry Night March 28, $15
  • Byron Theatre/Newman Center
  • 2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO
  • $22/$20/$18
  • Online, 303-871-7720, option 1

 

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 2017. 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 4/4 at 7pm at the Byron Theatre/Newman Center, we will feature a table read of local playwright Christie Winn's play Cabaret Kalisz. This event is free and open to the public.

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  • March 31, April 7 @7PM
  • April 2, April 9 @1PM and 4PM
  • April 3, April 10 @7PM
  • Byron Theatre/Newman Center
  • 2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO
  • $12
  • Online, 303-871-7720, option 1

 

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 partnership with Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS). This program provides girls in 7th grade with role models who teach them how to write a play, and explores various aspects of theatre.

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Visual Art

 

Visual ArtWhat: Diane Christiansen at Museum of Outdoor Arts, curated by Michele Brower

 

The theme of the installation On the Road With Cat Woman and St. Joan gives a nod to Women's History month and to the festival's RTD Light Rail project which this installation will complete. The installation will open March 19 at 7:30PM and run until July 15. There will be a special dance performance piece called Ghosts of Us, inspired by the festival theme performed at 8pm on March 19 at MOA.

There is no admission charge to any of these events. 

 

Chicago artist Diane Christiansen is a painter, animator and installation artist who will be creating painted works on plaster to accompany her animated films "Familiar" and "First Chapter" for this project. The painted works and their titles will reference the theme of the installation On the Road With Cat Woman and St. Joan.  The installation will run until July 15.

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  • March 19- July 15
  • Museum of Outdoor Arts
  • 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood
  • free

Dance

 
Evening of Dance at Armstrong Center for Dance

DanceWhat: Choreographers Lauren Beale and Caitlin Brozna-Smith, Kebrina De Jesus and Samba Colorado, Nishita Laliwala, Ayla Thayer, Erin Anderson, Gesel Mason, Lauren Beale and Brooke McNamara, Amanda Benzin, and Millie Heckler/Emily Petriouszka/Brit Ford/Kara Turner.

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Choreographers will meet ahead of time for collaborating and networking in February showing pieces they have created, inspired by the theme Ghosts of Us.  At that time, they will receive feedback on their work from their peers and then will have another 30 days to incorporate the suggestions/put the finishing touches on the piece.  The works will be premiered at the studio space at Armstrong Center for Dance, for an evening celebrating dance on March 26 at 8pm. **Please note that one dance piece contains adult content and may not be suitable for younger viewers.**

 

 

 

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  • March 26 @8PM
  • Armstrong Center for Dance
  • 1075 Santa Fe. Dr., Denver
  • $15/$12
  • Online, 303-219-0882

Fashion

FashionThis year we are including fashion in our Pop Up Performance Art Show taking place at various stations along the RTD Light Rail. Our regular fashion show details will be coming later in 2016. See the RTD/Pop Up Performance details below.

 

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  • March 19
  • RTD Light Rail
  • various
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  • at RTD station

Music

An Evening of Jazz at Dazzle Jazz

 

What: Featuring local female artists SuCh, Annie Booth, vox Libera, and Elements.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  In addition, musician merchandise will be available for sale onsite.

 

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  • March 12, 7PM & 9PM
  • Dazzle Jazz
  • 930 Lincoln St., Denver
  • $25/$20
  • Online 303.219.0882

Pop Up Art Performances

RTD Light Rail

 

What: Taking place along the W line beginning at 13th and Wadsworth and along the D line, culminating in a celebration at the Museum of Outdoor Arts on the evening of March 19, 2016. See complete schedule.

 

The Pop Up Art Performances are an interactive performing arts project supporting women in the arts taking place along the RTD Light Rail on March 19th, 2016. RTD Pop Up will include spoken word, fashion, music, dance, and a surprise piece in this two part, all day event organized by Athena Project. The Kickoff event begins at 13th and Wadsworth at 11:00AM for part 1 of the event and the second kickoff begins at 6PM at Theatre/Convention Center stop in Denver.

 

 

Begin: Light Rail W Line @ 13th and Wadsworth @ 11am End: Union Station approx. 1:15pm

 

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Begin: Light Rail D Line @ Theatre/Convention Center Stop @ 6pm End: Museum of Outdoor Arts @ 7:40pm

 

Reception at Museum of Outdoor Arts from 7:30-9pm

 

See complete schedule.

 

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  • March 19 11AM & 6PM
  • various
  • RTD W and D lines
  • $5 for full-day Light Rail Pass
  • at RTD station

Festival Sponsors

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

 

 

 

2016 Sponsors