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2022 Read and Rant Series

February 21, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MST

Read and Rant
Read & Rant is Athena Project’s book club exploring plays written primarily by women. We read one to two scripts or ancillary materials during the month and typically meet every third Monday online via Zoom, to discuss the works. Learn what makes a good script, discuss how it affects us, and explore the ways it links to the larger world. Join us to converse with invited guests who bring an in-depth knowledge base. This monthly free offering to the community aims to raise awareness of the under-representation of women’s stories on stage.

Starting in January of 2022, we will be exploring and uplifting new plays written primarily by women playwrights through our Read & Rant program! Each month, we will feature one to two scripts that have never been professionally produced and invite the playwright to join our conversation. Guided by a dramaturg, we invite you to share your constructive comments, thoughts, and affirmations in order to aid in the development process of the piece. Curious to learn more about new play development and the role of a dramaturg? Join us each month to hear from a professional dramaturg about their past experiences and favorite new play development practices. 

Feb 21 – How to Talk to Nuns by Juniper McKelvie

A nun and an atheist walk into a cafe and… begin a conversation, a friendship, and… maybe more? This wasn’t what devout Ines expected, or maybe it was, when a weekly errand brought her out of the convent for a short time each week. After Ines meets Alice, the two women begin a series of conversations about life, love, and everything in between. As Ines unveils new layers of her identity and questions which version of herself is the most authentic, devout atheist Alice avoids true exploration of her own stuckness and wonders: can you really call it dating if you hardly touch and only see each other once a week?

After you register for a session, you will receive information on how to access or where to purchase our featured script(s). Please know that if a script involves a purchase and that creates a hardship for you, please reach out and we will take care of it for you.  We want everyone to participate who would like to learn more about these talented women and their plays.

Our schedule will be as follows (playwrights subject to change):
Mar 21 – Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom
Apr 18 – Meghan Maugeri and Jennifer Stafford
May 16 – Carol Mullen and Lia Romeo
June 20 – Diana Ly


February 21, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MST
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Women’s Bean Project
1300 W Alameda Ave. 
Denver, CO 80223 United States
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Athena Project
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