Athena Project is excited to announce our World Premiere scheduled for March 2013! The Premiere of Tell Martha Not to Moan by Clinnesha D. Sibley will take place at The Aurora Fox Studio (9900 E. Colfax Avenue in Aurora) and will be the anchor production to the Athena Project Arts Festival. Tickets will be on sale as of February. Please visit our website: www.athenaprojectfestival.org to purchase tickets and for more info about the festival.
Clinnesha D. Sibley is a published poet and award-winning playwright from McComb, Mississippi. Her plays have been presented for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Voices at the River Playwriting Residency, NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month Series, D.C. Black Theatre Festival, TheatreSquared’s Arkansas New Play Festival, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and Penumbra Theatre’s highly acclaimed Word(s)PLAY! Program. In 2009, she received the Key Woman Educator in Drama Award from the Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society. In 2011,her play, Tell Martha Not to Moan, received the Holland New Voices Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, was a semifinalist in the 2012 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a semi-finalist in Athena Project’s Plays In Progress Series which concluded in Denver at the end of July, 2012. Her short play, Bound by Blood, is published in Black Magnolias Literary Journal 6.2. Clinnesha is an Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Tell Martha Not to Moan is about the 40th Commemoration of the Detroit Riot. A series of memories taking place in a family home in Detroit, 2007, takes us on a unique and personal journey with a devoted and desolate elderly couple. With compelling dialogue and complex relationships, Tell Martha Not to Moan is a glimpse into the changing world as viewed from one African American home.