The Athena Project Arts Festival kicks off March 20

Back for a third year, The Athena Project presents plays written by, directed by or starring women. It’s the only organization of its kind in Colorado, focusing on the artistic contributions by women in the performing arts. Coming up is the third annual Athena Project Arts Festival, which will include more than 200 different artists presenting both visual and performing arts over 17 days and on five different stages with two galleries. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the many talented women in Colorado and the contributing artistic community all over the world. Here is a look at some of the exciting upcoming events associated with the Athena Project Festival.

The World Premiere of “Harm’s Way” by Marilyn Harris Kriegel
The Aurora Fox Studio Theatre

This world premiere play involves a look at paranoia, denial and violence. It involves Maggie Leeds, who arrives in Paris to visit her son and his new wife. However, upon her arrival in Paris, it’s clear that she’s not well, as she has a bizarre tale to tell of her travels over seas. As she works to put together the pieces of her odd story, and perhaps her troubled mind, her son and his wife work to put together the truth. “Harm’s Way” features Karen Grassle, who is best known for her time as Caroline Ingalls on the television series “Little House on the Prairie.”

Plays In Progress Series
The Aurora Fox Studio Theatre

Get a chance to hear four new plays, as they are works in progress. All four plays are written by women and each will get two workshop readings, which include minimal set, lights and sound. It’s a great opportunity to hear these new works and to provide much needed feedback that will aid the writers in completing each piece. You will have the chance to vote for your favorite play and one will be selected to receive a full production in next year’s Athena Project Arts Festival. The local authors include Fengar Gael, Rebecca Gorman O’Neill, Tira Palmquist and Catherine Wiley.

Truth & Perception Fashion Show
Weston Solutions

On Wednesday, April 1, check out this unique fashion show, which blends performance art with fashion for a celebration to benefit the Athena Project. The work of many local, professional, female designers will be showcased, as will some exciting up and coming new designers from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. There will also be a Pop Up Fashion Boutique available before and after the show, and all proceeds from the boutique will benefit the artists as well as the Athena Project.

These three events are just a few of the very exciting offerings that will be happening throughout the city of Denver during the Athena Project Festival. Check out more information and get your tickets online.