Developing world premiers of off-beat and irreverent psychological dramas and dark comedies that challenge traditional stereotypes. Athena produces theatre that entertains, informs, enlightens, questions and deepens audience awareness of vital modern issues.
Nora Sørena Casey
Meron Langsner, PhD
Athena Theatre’s new playwriting group, Athena Writes, selected eight playwrights assembled for a one-year exploration of the theme: “A New Memory,” and centered on Athena Theatre’s commitment to supporting new work which pushes at the boundaries of live theatre.
Playwrights were asked to write a short, 10 minute play for production at the New Play Festival Spring 2017. A NEW MEMORY: an evening of ten minute plays
Monday, May 15th @ 7PM
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025
Directed by Noa Egozi, an Israeli director based in New York. She is interested in exploring theatre’s ability to replace indifference with compassion, certainty with doubt, and passivity with action. Noa is a founding member of Second Circle Theatre Company, where she directed Peter Turrini’s Shooting Rats and developed a one-woman adaptation of The Taming of The Shrew which received an award for best adaptation from the United Solo Festival. Other recent directing projects include the world premiere of Sylvia Khoury’s An Inferno, the world premiere of Lorne Svarc’s Chained Woman, Mud by Maria Irene Fornes, and Noa’s original five-person adaptation of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Noa holds an MFA in directing at The New School for Drama and is a proud 2016 Drama League Directing Fellow.
Dave T. Koenig
Playwrights are also working on a full-length piece on this year’s theme.
The playwrights will also be considered for full production by Athena Theatre Company in its next season. The play group will be meeting twice a month, beginning in mid-January, for two-three hours, to discuss the year’s theme, share new work, talk playwriting and the business of theatre. The meetings also comprise of discussion about individual playwrights’ projects, as well as readings of new work, where playwrights will cast (from the other writers) and hear their work read aloud. Athena Theatre believes that a play cannot be fully understood until the words hit the ear of an audience. This process allows playwrights to deepen their understanding of their own work, as well as glean ideas and approaches from their fellow playwrights.
In addition to closed sessions, some meetings will include dramaturg, directors and other industry professionals, to help deepen the understanding of specific works, as well as discuss industry concerns. Athena Theatre will also actively solicit opportunities for artists to submit their plays, to venues in New York City as well as around the country.
In December 2017 we will produce a staged reading of excerpts from the group’s full-length plays.