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Read and Rant (11/16)
November 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MST
Read & Rant is Athena Project’s new book club exploring plays written primarily by women. Read one or two scripts or ancillary materials during the month and meet every third Monday online via Zoom, to discuss the works. Share what makes a good script; how it affects us and how it links to the larger world. Converse with invited guests who bring an in-depth knowledge base. Our monthly free offerings to the community aim to raise awareness of the underrepresentation of women’s stories on stage.
We’re tired. It’s been a long 2020 and we believe that laughter IS the best medicine. Theatre has always reflected the truth of what we see in the natural world – the great teller of stories. It is also a tonic for the sadness, the horror, and challenges that we face as individuals, families and communities. We miss the opportunity to collectively laugh, share moments of levity and simply exchange the lightness we do when in group settings – especially the performing arts.
For November’s Read & Rant, we will be joined by comedic geniuses Leslie O’Carroll, Barbra Wengerd and Anastasia Davidson. They will be performing a scene from Angel Food Cake from Kelli Lynn Woodend. Kelli’s Angel Food Cake is set in a Tennessee trailer on the lot of a drive-in movie theater, one very unusual family wrestles with doubt, love, obsession and the fine line between faith and fantasy. Woodend delivers a full-length play that follows a young singer-songwriter who gives her heart to Nashville only to discover desire and abundance of love residing within her own idiosyncratic, humorous family.
Kelli Lynn Woodend, was born and raised in Kentucky. She has written scripts for Emmy Award-winning documentaries for History Channel and PBS. She is employed by a renowned puppet workshop where she works with the Muppets and Sesame Studios. Her short plays have been produced by Grex Group Theater (New York), Fort Point Theatre (Boston), and FUSION (Albuquerque). Angel Food Cake received its premiere in 2016 in New York City with Strange Sun Theater Company at the Flamboyan Theatre. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Angel Food Cake by Kelli Lynn Burton
The Newlywed Game by Alyssa Hadad
QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:
Crafting a scene – why does comedy have to be orchestrated?
What are your favorite humorous plays – and why?
OBTAINING THE SCRIPTS:
The materials will be available after you complete the registration at Eventbrite. You will gain access to the specific links to this month’s material by registering for the event here:
Please be sure to check your Eventbrite confirmation email for the Zoom link to join this month’s meeting as well as the links to this month’s material.
FOLLOWING THIRD MONDAY READ & RANTS
January 18, 2021(Skipping December due to the holidays)