Night At… Plays In Progress, Athena Project Festival

Reading of "Handcrafted Healing" by Nancy Beverly. Photo: Ellie Gordon Photography

CBCA Members and their employees are invited to receive 2 complimentary tickets to attend staged readings of either Mama’s Eggnog by Angela Stern or The Golden Hour by Elizabeth Nelson at 2:00 and 7:00 pm (respectively), as part of Athena Project’s Plays In Progress.  Both performances will be held at the the Black Box Theatre at Johnson-McFarlane Hall at the University of Denver.  All guests are invited to attend a panel conversation at 5:00 pm in between the shows.

Athena Project is proud to present the 2018 Plays In Progress Series, part of their 6th annual Arts Festival! Plays In Progress is a unique program fostering new works by women playwrights. It is designed to give playwrights and audiences an opportunity to interact with work as it is being created. Annually, the Festival features the works of women playwrights, musicians, choreographers, fashion designers and a showcase of work produced by girls during our Girls Create summer camps.

Athena Project’s mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women and girls’ artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process.

Mama’s Eggnog by Angela Stern (2:00 pm staged reading)

  • THE PLAYWRIGHT: Angela Stern is a writer and actress. She is the author of several short plays, screenplays, pilots, three full-length plays, and several short films as well as a novel. Angela has successfully produced two of her full-length plays in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA. Angela’s short play had the honor of being selected as one of the 30 finalists in the 2016 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. In August 2016, she brought her work to the East 13th Street Theatre in New York.  In August 2017, the short went on to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
  • THE PLAY: On a hot October day, after the sudden passing of their mother, the Pereira family siblings come together after more than a year of separation. At the behest of youngest sibling, Belinda, the three surviving children gather to witness the cremation of their deceased mother.  As the family gathers over the holiday season, they are forced to face their differences while also deciding what to do with their mother’s ashes. On Christmas Eve, Belinda finds her perfect solution to bring them together and return their mother’s ashes to her native land. But when Belinda reveals what she has done with the ashes, all hell breaks loose and the enormity of their loss leads to utter chaos in the home.

The Golden Hour by Elizabeth Nelson (7:00 pm staged reading)

  • THE PLAYWRIGHT: Elizabeth Nelson is an artist, writer, and animal welfare advocate working as a communications professional for Berkshire Humane Society. From 2009-16, she worked for Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, launching the SDC Journal. Her play, Fugue, A Ten-Minute Play (Black Box Press), has been produced worldwide, and her play, The Going Price (Stage Rights), was selected in 2011 as part of Red Bull Theater’s inaugural Short New Play Festival. She resides in the Berkshires with her husband, 3 cats, and a puggle named Harper.
  • THE PLAY: In The Golden Hour, a play with music, Michael and Elana are reunited after a ten-year absence. Over the course of the evening, they relive their past and imagine a future, dreaming into existence a life that might have been while living what is and moving toward what inevitably will be. Touching on themes of love, sex, and grief, The Golden Hour explores the intersections of time, sound, words, and movement. At the end of the play, a four-hands piano duet, which has been played in parts throughout, is performed, linking together the stories and theatrical elements experienced over the course of the play.

CBCA distributes tickets on a first come, first served basis. Night At… events are open to all employees of CBCA Member companies and their employees.