Morningside, by Topher Payne, opens at the end of this month at Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, and it is absolutely rife with Essential names – starting, of course, with the playwright himself!
Directed by Shannon Eubanks, whose adroit direction Essential audiences got to enjoy during 2015’s world premiere of Lillian Likes It, more than half of Morningside’s cast have appeared on Essential’s stage in productions past, including Kelly Criss, Gina Rickicki, Ellen McQueen and Ann Wilson.
Described as The Women meets Steel Magnolias meets The Real Housewives, this show promises to be one we all will enjoy!
Zaria Caldwell as Agent West
Armanio Vincent-Cole as Junior Agent 08 and Ghost of John T.
Sydney Williams as Ashley, Amber, Ensemble
Michael Cook as Scorch, Brad, Ensemble
Kalonjee Gallimore as Mark, Will, the Robot, Ensemble
Pamela Clem as Kamia, Ensemble
Efrem Whitaker as Elijah, the Robot, Ensemble
Directed by Brenda Porter, with fight choreography by Mia Kristin Smith and production support provided by Jennifer Kimball.
On September 23, 2017, at 4:00 in the afternoon in Gordon White Park, the Essential Theatre, the Wren’s Nest and Art on the Atlanta BeltLine joined forces to present Essential’s latest new play – inspired by the Brown Middle School Wren’s Nest Scribes, written by Joshua Mikel, commissioned as part of the 2017 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.
The 2016-17 Brown Middle School Wren’s Nest Scribes and their mentors:
Jamaya Brown, Zeshawn Foster, Oumy Gueye, Amir Howard, Autumn Jackson, Eriel Jackson, Jaymes Mincey, Morgan Turner, ARyanna Vashti, Kate Betts, Maurice Garland, Sheronda Gipson, Ben Herr, Parker Hilley, Yves Jeffcoat, Ilana Poitier-Daniel, Taylor Schwensohn, Vania Stoyanova and Ross Boone.
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, the West End Performing Arts Center, the Wren’s Nest, the Lean Draft House, the Shakespeare Tavern, the Georgia Humanities Council, Alex Riviere, Brent Douglas Brewer and Thom Stanley
The Essential Theatre will be holding auditions this weekend for our FIRST EVER Art on the Atlanta BeltLine production, BeltLine and Beyond, happening September 23 at Gordon White Park in West End.
BeltLine and Beyond, written by the Wren’s Nest Brown Middle School Scribes, adapted for the stage and performed by Essential Theatre, is a professional production showcasing works written by the eighth graders at Brown Middle School as part of the Wren’s Nest Scribes program Fall, 2016.
Auditions are on Saturday, August 26 from 1-5pm at the West End Performing Arts Center, located at 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd in West End, and callbacks will take place the following week.
The performance is at 4pm on Saturday, September 23 at Gordon White Park in West End. Rehearsals will begin after Labor Day weekend. Headshot and resume requested but not required. Hard copy or email OK. Be prepared with one monologue not more than two minutes in length and one skill to demonstrate.
To make an appointment email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protagonist, an 8th grade girl who is also a spy
One female and two male 8th graders who play various characters
Man, Woman (any age) who play various grown-ups
African American actors and Westside communities members particularly sought after. We hope to cast age-appropriate actors for the teenage roles, but will consider older performers.
Stipends offered for all roles.