The 2014 Essential Theatre Play Festival

SuzRecfor tiff42014 marks the 16th year of the Essential Theatre Festival, and this is the third year in a row that we’ve featured exclusively Georgia playwrights, with great success and inspiring community and local support. Join us this summer and be part of this exciting tradition!

Did you know? This year for the first time ever, Essential Theatre competed for the Suzi Bass Awards, Atlanta’s professional theatre awards. And we’re proud to say that both of the productions have been proclaimed “Suzi Recommended,” Ravens & Seagulls was nominated for Best World Premiere and both are up for the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwrighting Prize. But don’t let the judges decide for you. See for yourself — reserve your tickets today while there’s still time!

Click here to read about the 2014 Essential Theatre Festival highlights.

In the News:

Ravens & Seagulls Keeps It Real With Superb Cast and Sharp-Edged Script,” ArtsATL, Aug 8, 2014
Warmth radiates in heartfelt new play,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 31, 2014
Hot Festivals,” Atlanta INtown, July 13, 2014
Essentially Georgia,” Julie Bookman, Encore Atlanta, July 2014
Your Guide to Atlanta’s Summer of High Drama (and Comedy Too),” Bert Osborne, AJC, May 2014
Essential Theatre Goes to West End This Summer,” BWW News Desk,  June 2014

Our Festival fundraising campaign was a success, thanks to all of you!

MARK PERLOE, JENNIFER KIMBALL, CHRIS CARLSTEN, JUSTIN BRADSHAW, CATHY JAMISON, MARY MARSHALL, JILL BUECHNER, PATRICIA WRIGHT, PORTIA CUE, JUDY BEASLEY, RIAL ELLSWORTH, JO HOWARTH-NOONAN, CHARLOTTE FLECK, YOLANDA ASHER, TOPHER PAYNE, ELLEN MCQUEEN, BOB SMITH, THEO HARNESS, BRENDA PORTER, JOSEPH GANTT, LENNY PALLATS, SUSAN STEIFEL, VYNNIE MELI KLIMCHAK, TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH, KATHLEEN MCMANUS, REBECCA WESTLAKE, RICHARD BELCHER, HANK KIMMEL, SARAH CAVE, KELLY CHRISTOPHER, STEVEN RITCHIE, ROBERT DRAKE, JILL PATRICK, DANYALE TAYLOR, HILARY KING, DEWAYNE MORGAN, DAVID KEITH BEST, LEE BUECHELE, LORI, THOM & SYDNEY STANLEY, DOUG KAYE, STEPHANIE WILKINSON, LESLEY GRAY, CLAIRE BRONSON, IDA MCQUEEN, JOANNA DANIEL, KARLA JENNINGS, NEELEY GOSSETT, JESSICA TANNER, BARBARA O’HALEY, MELISSA HARDY-TREVANNA, KATHLEEN SIA, AMANDA CUCHER, JILL LOBO, ANNIE HARRISON ELLIOTT, BILL BOZARTH, CHARLES SWINT, KATHY MANNING

2014 FESTIVAL SPONSORS


Click on the images below to learn more about the plays in this summer’s festival: