Bare Essentials Play Readings


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by Jacobi Howard,

Feb 13, 2017

Though not officially branded as “Bare Essentials” until 2013, Essential has presented a number of public readings throughout the years:

2016 Bare Essentials Play Readings
MISS SMALL TOWN USA by Gerry L. Bartholomäi (Jan 26)
PETE N’ WENDY by Erin Considine (Aug 8)
THE MEMORY BOX by Laura King (Aug 15)
NEVER BEEN TO VIENNA by Gerry L. Bartholomäi (Aug 24)

2015 Bare Essentials Play Readings
DELI by Diane Dexter (Aug 4)
THE WAYFARERS by Hillary Simpson Bolle (Aug 10)
WASH, DRY, FOLD by Nedra Pezold Roberts (Aug 18)
THE END OF WILLIAM HENRY by Caleb Zane Huett (Sept 30)
THE CISCO KID WAS MY MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND by Bill Gibson (Nov 30)

2014 Bare Essentials Play Reading Series
TROLLS by Robin L. Burke
PERFECT FAITH by Frankie Little Hardin
LIMBO NIGHT IN PURGATORY by Tyler Stuart
THE BEAST OF SKITTER CREEK by Brian Forrester
MISS ADELIA’S GARDEN by Gerry L. Bartholmai
CHRIST AMERICA by Bill Gibson

2013 Bare Essentials Play Reading Series, curated by Amber Bradshaw:
THE UGANDA PLAY by Theroun Patterson
*Went on to win the 2014 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award and premiere as part of the 2014 Essential Theatre Play Festival
FORTUNES OF WARREN by Lee Wright
CEMETERY ROW by Karen Wurl

2012 Festival reading:
SPLIT IN THREE by Daryl Fazio
*Went on to be workshopped in Florida Rep’s first annual PlayLab Festival then premiered during their next season. Also being produced in Aurora Theatre’s 16-17 season!

2011 Festival readings:
MY BROTHER’S KNIFE by Joshua Mikel
PAIN IN THE NECK by  Rachel Teagle
THE SPINS by Sara Crawford
*Will premiere at Out of Box in January 2016!

2005 Festival reading:
APRIL 10, 1535 by Cheryldee Huddleson

2004 Festival readings:
A MATTER OF GRACE by Mary Miller
FLEEING FROM GRACE by Janea Boyles

2003 Festival readings:
DEATH AND THE MIDDLE MAN by Joey Cleary
*Later produced by Working Title Playwrights, directed by Peter Hardy
BEYOND BELIEF by Daniel Walsh