Each 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.
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 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
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!
Special 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.
What: 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.
What: 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.
What: 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.
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.
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.
What: Music festival at Cervantes' Other Side, featuring female artists covering a range of styles.
Coming soon: the list of featured musicians and performance times
Athena Project would like to thank our generous festival sponsors who include: