The Day After - 3 Short One-Act Plays from Athena Theatre

I was lucky enough to be part of the 2nd annual Women in Theatre Festival - Athena Theatre presents The Day After: three new short plays written by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Nora Sørena Casey and Lia Romeo. The show took place at the new ART/New York Theatres on Wednesday, June 21st at 8PM. 

At the beginning of this year I made a list (with all of my irreplaceable classmates at Anthony Abeson Studio) of all the things we wanted to accomplish/work on/improve on throughout the year. Doing more theatre work was towards the top of my list. I feel fortunate to have had a few opportunities so far this year, this being one of the biggest and most rewarding. I hope to encounter more projects like this in future, or work with some of these talented folks all over again. 

Below are a few pics of our last tech rehearsal before we opened the house, and some info on Athena and the plays themselves. 

A little bit about the plays:

Shut Up and Dance by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
It’s Inauguration day. Dance for the newly anointed pussy-grabbing president? A lone Radio City Rockette says no way. Now she’s out of the spotlight, hunkering down in a beat up motel, and needing the one person she snubbed since she “made it” — her mom. 

Resistance Training by Nora Sørena Casey
Nina feels hopeless and helpless in the aftermath of the election, something Chrissy just can’t accept—because Chrissy is her personal trainer. It is time to get fit, no matter what. 

The Morning After by Lia Romeo
Kristen wakes up with a hangover and some serious regrets the morning after Trump's inauguration.

Director: Ria T. DiLullo
Production Stage Manager: Kateryna Turkalo
Assistant Stage Manager: Sophie Max

Featuring: Isabella Dawis, Briana Gantsweg, Melvin Lima and Marilyn Oran


Athena Theatre Company is dedicated to developing and producing
contemporary, off-beat and irreverent psychological dramas and darkcomedies that challenge traditional stereotypes. We strive for theatre that entertains, informs, enlightens, questions and deepens audience awareness to vital modern issues. We endeavor to actively and responsibly invest in new voices for the stage by nurturing writers and promoting original works; especially in regards to gender, politics, race and religion. We aim to become an important and necessary force in both our community and our country. The Athena Theatre Company has productions in both New York and Los Angeles and is a 501(c)(3) Organization.

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