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.

All meetings take place on Zoom unless otherwise noted.
READ & RANTS will be every THIRD MONDAY from 6:30-8:30pm

Note:  No Read & Rant in December. 

15 Jan Mon
19 Feb Mon
18 Mar Mon
15 Apr Mon
20 May Mon
17 Jun Mon

This was my first Read & Rant and it was amazing! The plays were creatively insightful and the discussion elevating and inspirational. Thank you, Jennie, for turning me on to this group! And thank you to all who contribute to making these conversations happen!

— Megan Weiler Crigger

“Athena Project’s Read and Rant series is fun, casual, and informative. It’s a book club that I’m excited to be a part of because it’s filled with different types of theatre artists and theatre-goers who are enthusiastic about new plays. The artistic team has carefully taken the time to pair plays with invited guests, who can give different insights into the text. For my play, It’s Too Cold For You Here, Athena Project invited several mental health professionals to discuss the depression and stages of grief within the play. These professionals add more texture to the conversation because they bring in a different set of knowledge, expertise, and experience into the room. I hope this is a series that continues, and I’m so appreciative that the Athena Project is finding ways to continue programming during this time.”

— Alayna Jacqueline, Playwright


Athena Project is currently seeking dramaturgs to join our artistic network! Our virtual Read & Rant program combines 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!