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Event Series Event Series: 2024 Read and Rant Series

2024 Read and Rant

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT

Read and Rant

Athena Project’s Read & Rant program seeks to combine the sharing of theatrical work with the wider public and the new play development aspects of our former Plays In Progress Series while also fostering collaboration between playwrights and dramaturgs. Think book club for plays! Learn what makes a good script, discuss how it affects us, and explore the ways it links to the larger world. This monthly free offering to the community aims to raise awareness of the under-representation of women’s stories on stage.

Each month, we read two new and unproduced scripts selected from a nationwide call for submissions and typically meet every third Monday online via Zoom to discuss the works. Join us to converse with invited playwrights who bring an in-depth knowledge of the works and theatrical writing at large. Guided by a dramaturg, we also invite you to share your constructive comments, thoughts, and affirmations in order to aid in the development process of the pieces.

This month we will be featuring two playwrights selected from our Read & Rant lottery: 

Marilyn Anderson’ s Not Tonight, Vito!

The four wives of the four biggest Mafia Dons in Chicago, 1931, go on strike to protest the violence – until the men put down their guns, the gangsters’ wives, mistresses, and prostitutes all over town have a boycott on sex. It’s Lysistrata as it’s never been done before – with a “mob” angle. An updating of the classic Lysistrata, Not Tonight, Vito! is a timeless story that puts a comic twist on a serious problem. In Hollywood terms it’s “The First Wives Club” meets “The Godfather” or “The Sopranos” meets “NO Sex in the City!”

Germaine Shame’s Altruism

An elderly wildlife carer returns home from the Australian Outback to the American Midwest to set her affairs in order — only to become embroiled in a family tragedy that could cost her the remainder of her life. The Nashes, upwardly mobile conservatives from Ohio, doggedly pursue the American dream. As moral standards blur around them and acts of betrayal and brutality shake their lives, the certainties that have been the bedrock of their collective identity give way. When an enigmatic great-aunt comes to visit, long buried resentments surface, and with them questions. Does true altruism exist? Are humans, at once, the most altruistic and most cruel species? Altruism, a story of quiet heroism and struggle amid privilege, reminds us that it is the small acts that confer immortality.

After you register for a session, you will receive a confirmation email that includes information on how to access our featured scripts. You must click the link in this email, and it will take you to the scripts. We want everyone to participate who would like to learn more about these talented playwrights and their plays.

When you register for the event on Eventbrite, you should receive a confirmation email.

  • Email subject line will say “Order Confirmation for Athena Project: Read & Rant [month, year]”. This initial email has a synopsis and the links to both scripts.
  • Two days prior to the event, you should receive another email with the subject line “Reminder for Athena Project: Read & Rant [month, year].” This email also includes the synopsis and links to both scripts.
  • Plan to read scripts well in advance before the Zoom meeting

Please note that the scripts don’t come as attachments, they are .pdf links. So the body of the email will contain two paragraphs with the details of that month’s scripts.

For example:

Mak Shealy’ s Victorian Psychedelic Sleepover Play

On the eve of a 16th birthday, four teens meet after their writing is rejected by the school lit mag to create a Literary Zine of their own. Seeking editorial guidance, they conjure the ghosts of writers past and find themselves possessed by the spirit, chaos and conflict of the Victorian Era radicals they have long admired.

Content Warning: bullying, blood/bodily fluids, discussion of IVF, birth, substance use, disordered eating implied

Link to Script

You must click the link, and it will take you to the script.

If there are any questions or concerns please contact literarymanager@athenaprojectarts.org



May 20
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
Event Category:


CO United States


Athena Project
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