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World premiere opens August 4, 2017
Winner of the 2017 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award! Follow the journey of Genevieve as she pieces together the mysterious identities and relationships between her biological mother, her birth mother and the mother who raised her.
Regional premiere opens July 28, 2017
One of the latest plays penned by our very first Essential Theatre Playwriting Award Winner and the Most Produced Living Playwright in America in 2016, Lauren Gunderson, this play is about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Read more...
Essential Play Festival + Wren's Nest = Fun for the Whole Family on August 13 and 20.
Dan Triandiflou stars in a one-man performance as director John Cassavetes, the Godfather of American independent films. Written by Atlanta playwright John D. Babcock III. Directed by John Ammerman.
ESSENTIAL THEATRE: GIVING GEORGIA PLAYWRIGHTS A VOICE ON GEORGIA'S STAGE
Since the first Essential Play Festival in 1999, we've premiered 29 new works by 24 different Georgia playwrights, with readings of over 25 more. All of our world premieres receive productions of the highest artistic quality through Essential and many going on to receive future productions elsewhere in Atlanta and across the country. Our vision in moving forward is to give Georgia playwrights an ever-stronger voice across the country and in the world, and in so doing, to continue to enrich our own community of artists and audience members at home..
The 2017 Essential Theatre Play Festival
July 28-August 27, 2017
at the West End Performing Arts Center
945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310
Since our first festival in 1999, the Essential Theatre has produced 29 new works by 24 different Georgia writers, all receiving productions of the highest artistic quality through Essential and many going on to publication and future productions elsewhere in Atlanta and across the country.
Join us this summer and celebrate Essential’s – and Georgia’s – rich theatre history and the community in which our playwrights grow and thrive.