Athena Theatre Project Seattle inaugural production met with great success!
THE SEATTLE TIMES, Sept. 26, 2014:
“A detailed psychosocial cameo of sibling seamstresses eking out a living in a tiny Lower Manhattan shop.”
“The Athena Theatre Project conjures, with words and historic images, a corner of urban poverty in 1890s America.”
“The production is well-served by Wharton’s crystal-iron prose, understated acting and archival portraits of bustling New York streets.”
“There’s also a scrupulous sincerity in Beckman’s rendering of a fragile, bygone existence many women endured — foolishly at times, but with poignant dignity.”
MIRYAM GORDON, Oct. 1, 2014
“Careful attention to detail and small moments”
” The meticulous storefront/apartment was designed by Phillip Lienau and the actors looked like they could have lived there for years.”
” The staging is cleanly inventive … the projections (designed by Suzi Tucker) are ingenious … Combined with the sound efffects and choreographed movements, the effect is cinematic and entrancing.”
“Costumes by Ron Erickson are beautifully rendered”
“The acting is terrific, as is the direction.”
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Athena Theatre Project Seattle: THE BUNNER SISTERS
adapted by Julie Beckman from the novella by Edith Wharton
Theatre Off Jackson teams up with brand new Seattle company Athena Theatre Project to present an original adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novella The Bunner Sisters. Set in New York in 1896, The Bunner Sisters tells the story of two working class sisters, Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner, who have made a simple life for themselves by running a small basement hat shop. Ann Eliza’s purchase of a clock for Evelina’s birthday draws the sisters into a relationship with the mysterious Herman Ramy, a German clock-maker in a neighboring storefront, and the tenuous threads that hold their lives together begin to unravel.
The play examines the powerful and intimate relationship between sisters, and how their fates are inextricable tied even when life pulls them apart. The adaptation is unique in its exploration of how the writer (a young Edith Wharton) develops her own voice through her exploration of the lives of her characters.
The Bunner Sisters features Marty Mukhalian and Annette Toutonghi as the sisters, and Jim Gall as their love interest, Herman Ramy. The ensemble also includes Megan Ahiers, Susanna Burney, and Marianna DeFazio.
- Director: Julie Beckman
- Set Design: Phillip Lienau
- Costume Design: Ron Erickson
- Sound Design: Evan Mosher and Andre Nelson
- Lighting Design: Emily Leong
- Projection Design: Suzi Tucker
- Prop Master: Ryan Gelskey
- Stage Manager: Julianna Brei-Crawley
- Associate Producer: Corey McDaniel
The inaugural production of ATHENA THEATRE PROJECT, co-producing with THEATRE OFF JACKSON
*Freehold Theatre Lab Studio is a 501 c3 non-profit arts organization whose mission is to engage artists of all levels in training and experimentation so that they may become more innovative and heartfelt in generating theatre that has a lasting impact on the community we serve.
(photo by Paul Lippert)