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Read and Rant – September 19, 2022

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT

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.

This month we will be featuring playwright Susan Middaugh’s Feeble-Minded White Trash, Dramaturgy by Molly Winstead:

During the 1920s in rural Virginia, Hattie Clawson, an illiterate laundress with two illegitimate children, one of them black, hasn’t heard of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes or his majority opinion in Buck vs. Bell. But she will feel the impact of the court’s decision when the Commonwealth forces her to undergo an involuntary sterilization, severs her parental rights and takes her son and daughter away. What will she and her children do to survive in a society preoccupied with race and class? Will the stigma ever go away? All told, 33 states had laws that authorized forced sterilization; 65,000 Americans were affected, 85% of them women.


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.



September 19
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
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Athena Project
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Women’s Bean Project
1300 W Alameda Ave. 
Denver, CO 80223 United States
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