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Event Series Event Series: 2024 Read and Rant Series

2024 Read and Rant

March 18 @ 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:

Donna Latham’ s YELLA JACK

Yella Jack ravage the city of Memphis. Can science and faith together conquer these vile, twin plagues? When most white folks in Memphis up sticks and flee after yellow fever, a “stranger’s disease,” strikes, determined residents hunker down to stay alive in the purgatorial city. They form a found family to nurse the sick, keep the city afloat, embrace new opportunities—and scheme revenge. Jack, a serial-killing embodiment of contagion, collects trophies from victims—earbobs, rings, pearls, and a precious symbol of humanity. When Sister Gregory fails to return after nursing fever folk in Shanty Town, the found family fears the worst. All pray for frost. As ever.

Nabra Nelson’s Memory Lane is a Desert Road

After her father travels to Sudan on a potentially life-threatening journey, Fatima spends her spring break from college searching through his boxes of photos in the garage. Her father, Mark, is a professional photojournalist for over 30 years, working primarily in the Middle East and Africa covering wars, famines, and other international tragedies. Fatima, his college-aged daughter, knows very little about his decades of life-threatening work, so she searches through boxes of photos and negatives for answers. The boxes include pivotal historic moments and unfathomable human suffering intermixed with family trips across the world. As she explores a life in photos, she learns more about him, as well as herself. This memory play is an exploration of how the past informs the future, how parents’ lives intersect with their children’s, how history and memory clash, and the search for answers to unknown questions in dusty boxes.

After you register for a session, you will receive information on how to access our featured scripts. We want everyone to participate who would like to learn more about these talented playwrights and their plays.


March 18
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
Event Category:


CO United States


Athena Project
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