Casting Announced for Gracie Gardner's ATHENA

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Casting Announced for Gracie Gardner's ATHENA

The Hearth (Artistic Directors Julia Greer and Emma Miller) will present the World Premiere of Gracie Gardner's female coming of age story, ATHENA, directed by Emma Miller (NYIT nominated director of For Annie) at JACK (505 ½ Waverly Avenue between Fulton and Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn), February 15-March 3 with performances on Thursday, February 15 at 8pm, Friday, February 16 at 8pm, Saturday, February 17 at 8pm, Sunday, February 18 at 2pm, Wednesday, February 21 at 8pm, Thursday, February 22 at 8pm, Friday, February 23 at 8pm, Saturday, February 24 at 8pm, Sunday, February 25 at 2pm, Monday, February 26 at 8pm, Wednesday, February 28 at 8pm, Thursday, March 1 at 8pm, Friday, March 2 at 8pm, and Saturday, March 3 at 8pm. Tickets ($18 under 30; $25 over 30) are available in advance at The performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Mary Wallace and Athena are brave, and seventeen, and fencers, and training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They wish they were friends.

The cast will feature Abby Awe (Bound in Love at The Brick; Gobstopper at The Tank), Julia Greer (Nurse Sluts at The Tank's LadyFest; For Annie with The Hearth), and Eva Ravenal(Telegraph Bois in Ars Nova's ANT Fest) with Set Design by Emmie Finckel (Riot Antigone at La MaMa), Costume Design by Dara Affholter (Costume Shop Intern at New York Theatre Workshop), Sound Design by Z Worthington, Lighting Design by Victoria Bain (Assistant Designer on Orange Julius at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and Production Stage Manager Wesley Yount.

Playwright Gracie Gardner was just awarded the prestigious 2017 Relentless Award from the American Playwriting Foundation for her play Pussy Sludge.

Gracie Gardner (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based writer. Her work as a playwright has been developed and seen at the Bridge Residency, Naked Angels, Tripeg Lobo, SubCulture, the Kraine Theater, Mason Holdings, the Flea, Hearth Gods, Adaptive Arts, Tiny Rhino, the Secret Theater, 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, YES NOISE, Collaborative Arts Mobility Project, the Queens Theater, and Core Artist Ensemble. Her credits include Pussy Sludge (HERE Arts Center, Sanctuary, Less Than Rent), Primary (Project Playwright Award, Sanguine Theater Company, IRT Theater), IndianapolisAlyssa1985 Is Getting Married (Dixon Place, WorkShop Theater, MITF), Very Dumb Kids (Cincinnati Conservatory), Human Resources (James E. Michael Award), and Manning Manning Manning (Horn Gallery Grant). She is a proud member of the Obie-winning group EST / Youngblood and she is an alum of the Tank's TV Pilot Development Group and Project Y's Playwright Group. Her work as a filmmaker has been seen in the UK Screen One International Film Festival, Citizen Jane Festival, the PIT, Brooklyn Vegan, the Deli, No Fear of Pop, Gumball Mag, Juice, and Elle.

EMMA MILLER (Director) is a director, writer, and educator. Her work has been seen at Queens Theatre, The Tank, Dixon Place, 440 Studios, The Bridge Residency, Lucid Body House, Cincinnati Fringe/KNOW Theatre, and Kenyon College. She has assisted at Queens Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Notre Dame College, and the Kenyon Playwrights Conference. Emma received the Thomas Turgeon Memorial Prize for Achievement in Direction twice for her work on A Steady Rain and Gidion's Knot, and was the recipient of a New York Innovative Theatre Award for her direction of For Annie. In 2016, Emma completed the Playwrights Horizons Fellowship Program. She is co-artistic director of The Hearth and is a proud alumna of Kenyon College and of the National Theater Institute - Advanced Directing.

THE HEARTH tells the stories of women. We nurture and celebrate female and non-binary artists (playwrights, directors, actors, and designers) and develop plays that represent the complex and vast spectrum of womanhood. The Hearth produces plays that explore female characters who pulse with emotional, intellectual, and psychological complexity. We seek to challenge stereotypes, advance and complicate the conversation about feminism, and expand perceptions of what it means to be a woman. We are committed to making room for the next generation of female artists in the landscape of the American theater.

Photo: Julia Greer & Abby Awe Photo credit: Mike Edmonds

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