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 MSU Denver Center for Visual Art, 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.

 

 

See all of our online programs here.

 

 

 

 

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, jet-lagged 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.

 

Karen GrassleHarm's Way stars Karen Grassle, best known for her role as Caroline Ingalls, the mother, in the long-running NBC-TV series Little House on the Prairie from 1974-1982.  She also starred in many movies of the week, including Battered, which she co-wrote with Cynthia Lovelace-Sears. They won the American Women in Radio and Television Award for their script which broke open the topic of battered women in the U.S. She appeared on Broadway in The Gingham Dog, Butterflies Are Free, and Sweet Sue. In resident theatres throughout the country, Ms. Grassle played roles as varied as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire to the prostitute in Muzeeka. She was a company member at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville appearing in classics and world premieres. She also appeared at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Since returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, she has worked at the Aurora Theatre, Theatre Works in Palo Alto and at the San Francisco Playhouse where this fall, she played Franki in the acclaimed world premiere of 77% by Rinne Groff. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright and subsequently studied with teachers as various as Kristin Linklater, Roy London, and Yurek Bogayevicz. Ms. Grassle is completing a memoir that tells her story.

 

Harm's Way also features the talents of: Ryan Goold, Royce Roeswood, and Maggy Stacy.

 

See our online program here.

 

Opening Night Reception: Join us for our Festival Opening Night Reception: March 20, 6pm-8pm at ACAD Gallery, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, CO. Free event, drinks and dessert will be served, gift bags from our sponsor Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, and the debut of our Truth & Perception prize game. Featuring music from DJ L.A. Zwicky.

 

Roundtable Discussion: Monday, March 30, 6:30pm ACAD Gallery, 1400 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO. Topic: Closet feminism will be discussed.

 

 

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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 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.

DCPA-Education

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Visual Art

Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery

Visual ArtWhat: ...& Perception

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

Photography curated by Janice Schindler, in collaboration with Month of Photography. There will be an opening night reception at The ACAD Gallery on March 20 from 6pm-8pm. Proceeds from art sales benefit the artist and Athena Project. Coming soon: the list of featured artists.

Featured artists: Christine Anderson, Sandra Ceas, Kate Oakley, Monica Aguilar, Jen Lewis, Melissa Lynn, Stacie Smith, Jenna Rice, Ayla Leroyce, Denise Grays, Rachel Hirschey, Samantha Pavelsek-Simmons

 

 

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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  • 3/20 6-8PM, 3/23 7-9PM, 3/30 6:30PM and by appt.
  • ACAD Gallery
  • 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, CO
  • free

MSU Denver Center for Visual Art, Emerging Artist Gallery

Visual ArtWhat: Truth &...

Photography curated by Madeliene Kattman and Sarah Knutson, in collaboration with Month of Photography.

All art curated for the showcase pertains to the festival theme of Truth & Perception. Opening Reception March 6, 6-7pm.

Featured artists: Sonia Lujan | Colleen Mann | Jenna Maurice | Jennifer Olson

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  • Tue–Fri 11AM–6PM | Sat 12–5PM
  • MSU Denver Center for Visual Art
  • 965 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO
  • free

Dance

 
Evening of World Dance

Evening of World Dance

 

What: Evening of World 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. Sponsored by MSU Denver Center for Visual Art.
Artists include: The Beat Nomads, Samba Colorado Dance Company, Baile Caliente, Ramona Beltran, Flamenco Underground, Danza Colorado, Bella Diva Dance, Seemie Xavier, Arcinda, and Evalucien Dance Company.  

 

Sponsored by:

CVA

Curated by: Casa de Baile

 

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  • March 25 @8PM
  • Center for Visual Art
  • 965 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO
  • $12 advance/$15 at door
  • online/303.219.0882

Fashion

FashionTruth & Perception Fashion Show Fundraiser and Boutique

Pre and post show boutique shopping experience and fashion show of female designers celebrating our festival theme of Truth & Perception. Blends performance art and fashion into a unique show benefitting Athena Project and highlighting local female emerging and professional designers. Sponsored by Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and Weston Solutions. Curated by Caroline Smith. Boutique opens at 7pm, fashion show at 8pm.

Featuring professional designers: Enuma Duhu, Quieesha Burns, Darlene C. Ritz/Deserrie Aguirre, Chi Marie Designs and Caroline Smith and emerging designers: Ionita Pierre, and Kirstine Hanson.

 

RMCAD      Weston Solutions

 

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  • April 1 @7PM
  • Weston Solutions
  • 1435 Garrison Street, Lakewood, CO
  • $25
  • online/303.219.0882

Music

Music Festival

Music Festival

 

What: Music festival at Cervantes' Other Side. Drawing from an array of artistic influences, including hip-hop, folk, experimental, rock and jazz, Athena Project is proud to unveil its music festival, featuring a lively cross section of some of Colorado's most talented and well regarded female musicians. Kara Hucker will be live painting during the festival as well. Curated by Sarah Slater, local artist, cultural worker and founder of Titwrench Fest.

Featured musicians include: Wheelchair Sports Camp, Melissa Ivey the Gypsy Rocker, The Horse Latitudes, Serephine, and Bianca Mikahn. With musical interludes by DJ L Presidente.

 

 

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  • March 29 @6PM
  • Cervantes' Other Side
  • 2637 Welton St., Denver, CO
  • $12 advance/$15 at door
  • online /303.297.1772

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   Women + Film

   40 West Arts        Weston Solutions      Center for Visual Art    Janie G Couture        Breckenridge Distillery

 

CNDC       Mo Print 2014Casa de BaileCervantes     LAZwicky   Happy Leaf   Springer & Steinberg   Avenue Grill    Forde PhotoWong Way Veg    River North Brewery           Mike's Camera

 

Denver Museum of Nature and Science     Devi's Food