Gracie Gardner’s Athena to Return to JACK

Off-Broadway News   Gracie Gardner’s Athena to Return to JACK
The new drama, about the rivalry and friendship of two adolescent fencers, will return for a limited run in September.
Mike Edmonds
Athena Mike Edmonds

Athena, a new play by Relentless Award winner Gracie Gardner, will return to JACK for a limited engagement in the fall. The play, which depicts the rivalry and friendship of two fierce teenage fencers, debuted in a short but acclaimed run at the Brooklyn venue in February.

Abby Awe and Julia Greer in Athena
Abby Awe and Julia Greer in Athena Mike Edmonds

Athena will begin performances September 5 and continue through September 16 at JACK, located at 505 1/2 Waverly Avenue between Fulton and Atlantic Avenue. The return run is once again presented by The Hearth, whose mission is to hire, support, and tell the stories of women and non-binary artists.


Reprising their performances will be The Hearth Co-Artistic Director Julia Greer and Abby Awe. Co-Artistic Director Emma Miller directs.

The production features set design by Emmie Finckel, costume design by Dara Affholter, sound design by Z Worthington, lighting design by Victoria Bain, and property design by Jess Cummings. Production stage manager is Hanako Rodriguez.

Gardner was awarded the 2017 Relentless Award, established in honor of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, for her play Pussy Sludge, the story of a young woman who excretes crude oil. 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.

For tickets and more information on Athena, visit

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