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.

September 18 to October 5, 2014
Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, Sept 18 at 8:00pm
Opening Night: Friday, Sept. 19 at 8:00pm. 
Other performances:
Sat, Sept 20 at 8pm
Wed Sept. 24, Th Sept. 25, Fri Sept. 26, Sat Sept. 27 at 8pm
Sun Sept. 28 at 2pm
Mon Sept. 29, Th Oct. 2, Fri Oct. 3, Sat Oct. 4 at 8pm
Sun Oct 5 at 2pm (closing)
$22 advance, $15 student/senior/TPS.  PWYC performances Sept. 18, Sept. 24 and Sept. 29
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 Julie Beckman is the director and adapter.  Recent directing work includes A Small Fire with Sound Theatre Company and Fifth of July with Theatre22.  Directing work  with Strawberry Theatre Workshop includes  The Bells (which received three 2012 Seattle Times Footlight Awards), The Elephant Man (4 Gregory nominations in 2009) and Fellow Passengers (2005).  Her adaptations include Jane Eyre, Hard Times, Waxwings, “The Spouter Inn,” and “Glory in the Daytime” for Book-It, as well as “Next Door,” “The Celestial Omnibus” and “The Star” for Porcupine Productions in Chicago.  She has also directed for 14/48, Stone Soup Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Our American Theatre, the Young Playwrights Festival at ACT, Seattle Public Theatre, UW, and Cornish. Her work has also been seen in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Cincinnati, Atlanta and St. Louis, and recently at the Royal Manitoba Theatre in Winnipeg.
Edith Wharton:  (1862-1937)  Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer, most famous for her incisive look at the New York elite in the novels The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, and for her numerous ghost stories.  She wrote The Bunner Sisters in the mid 1890’s, but it was not published until 1916.
Athena Theatre Project:  Seattle’s newest theatre company focuses on giving voice to writers and characters who have been under-represented on Seattle stages.  Athena Theatre Project is an associated program of Sandbox Artists Collective and Freehold Lab Studio.*
Theatre Off Jackson ensures that a vibrant arts culture thrives in Seattle by operating a sustainable venue dedicated to performance, art and community.  The two organizations have joined together to launch this world premiere production.The Bunner Sisters team:

  • 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)