Our 2016 Plays in Progress Series (PIP), features workshop level productions designed for an audience to give feedback. This series is made up of new works exclusively written by female playwrights. One play is selected from this series to be fully produced in our Athena Project Arts Festival each year.
Want to submit your play for our 2017 Plays In Progress Series? See our Submissions details here.
Crane Dance by Julie Excell
Tightrope by Megan Fevurly
The Wave That Set the Fire by Ellen K. Graham
Companions LLC by Mercedes Segesvary
Synopsis: Clair Nichols lives with her daughter Beth, and in an uneasy alliance with her father-in-law, Lee, on an orchard near a country town. Her husband Brian (Lee’s son) died somewhat mysteriously six years before. What neither Clair nor Lee knows is that Beth witnessed her father’s death and has totally repressed the traumatic memory. When a drifter with a shady past, Palmer Shaw, shows up following the migration of the sandhill cranes, his presence turns over all their lives and reveals many secrets.
Julie Excell is fairly new to playwriting, though she has been active as an actor for decades, both in the Denver/Boulder area and in Ashland Oregon. Julie has had several short plays produced through Oregon Stageworks, but this is her first full-length play. She enthusiastically supports the work of the Athena Project and has enjoyed working as an actor for the PIP series in previous years. She is very excited to participate in the process as a playwright with Crane Dance, and looks forward to the feedback which will improve the play and help her develop as a playwright. Julie also teaches English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and works as a writer and actor with Til Death Do Us Party Productions murder mystery dinner theatre.
Synopsis: Mira comes from a family of professional tightrope walkers, currently being coached by her grandfather Jack, and living with the knowledge that her father Samuel died while trying to complete a tightrope walk over Black Canyon Falls. Mira meets Seth, a ranger at Black Canyon. Seth sees an opportunity in hiring Mira to perform a stunt walk over Black Canyon, a park desperately in need of tourism dollars and publicity. Mira sees this as an opportunity to walk in her father’s footsteps and help reclaim the glory that he lost when he failed his walk. However, mysterious new health issues appear for Mira which make it increasingly difficult to keep her balance. One misstep could have consequences far greater than a skinned knee.
Megan Fevurly is a Denver-based dramaturg and playwright. Her plays have received readings and productions at Curious New Voices, University of Denver, The Edge Theatre, University of Idaho, Towne Street Theatre and 2Cents Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Recently she was a semi-finalist in the 10-minute play festival through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and a playwright for the inaugural Local Playwrights Slam at the Colorado New Play Summit. She has worked on projects with the National New Play Network and the Dramatist Guild of America. Currently she is earning her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Idaho.
Synopsis: In a threadbare and not-so-distant future, the social, political, and environmental problems we currently face have metastasized and profoundly changed the basis of everyday life. Against this backdrop, 17-year-old Linden is accused of a terrible crime. When Petra, a government agent, arrives to investigate, Linden’s family— mother, father, uncle, aunt—struggle to reconcile their hopes for their boy with what constitutes justice in a damaged world. The play investigates what responsibility parents bear for the actions of their children and how the choices of previous generations affect those who come after.
Ellen K. Graham's plays include WHAT THE GOOD MAN DOES IS ALWAYS RIGHT, THE NIGHT SEASON, THE FAMILIARS, CRASHER/HOSTESS, and HOW WE MAY KNOW HIM, which won the Westword Best of Denver award for Best Original Script and was nominated for two Henry awards. Her play THE WAVE THAT SET THE FIRE was a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Global Age Project at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre, and a semifinalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. She was a finalist for the Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship through the A Room of Her Own Foundation. She is currently adapting her play GENIUS OF LOVE into a three-episode television show and developing a piece for Denver's Pandemic Collective. She is the founder of the production company Feral Assembly, a co-founder of Shocking Beyond Belief! Films, a Denver native, University of Chicago graduate, and member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Synopsis: A husband and wife set out to purchase a sex companion. They’re led through a critical interview by a consultant and soon discover this company offers more than just sex.
Mercedes Segesvary is a playwright, screenwriter and fine art illustrator whose work often reflects the clashing of cultures, sexes and generations while painting colorful depictions of congruency within humanity. Her plays have been on stage in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Waco TX, Madison WI and Wolfsville Nova Scotia. In 2008 she created Hugi The Great Productions to support and encourage the artistic pursuits of funky little sisters around the world. She is an MFA in Dramatic Writing for Television, Film and Theatre student at Cal State University – Los Angeles. She continues to create stories, plays, films and drawings that share her imagination with the world. Discover more and follow Mercedes at www.hugithegreat.com.
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