About the Play
ADVANCE. PARRY. REPEAT.
Mary Wallace and Athena are both seventeen-year-old fencers training for Nationals. Mary Wallace lives in a house in New Jersey, loves marine biology and practices at home. Athena lives in an apartment in New York City, takes acne medication and Athena is not her real name. Follow their journey from competitors to confidantes as they form a bond navigating the milestones of adolescence, training together only to learn the future is only certain for one of them.
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Warning: This production contains strong language, as well as strobe & haze effects.
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Please note: To keep the health of you, the audience, a top priority, there may be shifts in the 2022/22 production plans including updates to performance dates, artists and titles. Rest assured that we will work with you to be flexible if anything changes.
June 25th, 2022 | En Garde! A Matinee Workshop for Youth
ON-SITE AT WRITERS THEATRE
SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH AT 3PM
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun at Writers Theatre on Saturday, June 25th! While parents and caregivers catch the 3pm matinee of Athena, young people can learn the basics of swordplay in a stage combat workshop taught by WT Education’s professional teaching artists. No blades here! Advance, feint, and parry away with your trusty pool noodle.
Our workshops are designed to be active, fun, flexible, and adaptable to multiple ages and abilities. If you think your child might not be interested in swordplay, other activities will be available. All are welcome. Please let us know how we can make the experience successful and rewarding for your young person. For questions or if you are in need of financial assistance contact Community Engagement Manager Kristin Hammargren at email@example.com.
Young people from ages 5-12 are welcome. We ask that they are able to use the bathroom by themselves. The workshop will take place in the theatre building. Please plan to drop off your participant between 2:40pm and 2:50pm and pick them up no later than 10 minutes after curtain. Current Writers Theatre COVID safety protocols require all participants to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test from within 72 hours before entering the building. See the latest safety protocols here. Spaces are limited and registration is required so sign up early!
June 25, 2022 | Behind the Scenes: Fencing
ON SITE AT WRITERS THEATRE, IN THE GILLIAN THEATRE
SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH, AT 5PM
Are those swords real? Find answers to that and all your other pressing combat questions at WT’s behind the scenes look at the role of fencing in Gracie Gardner’s play Athena. Fight choreographer David Blixt will discuss the art of storytelling through combat. Fencing expert and show consultant Clint Smith will reveal the actors’ training regime and how their rankings went from U to A. Hopefully he’ll explain fencing rankings as well. Join us between shows in the Gillian for a live action exploration of the sport of swords.