Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell has been a tremendous supporter of Topher Payne in recent years, commissioning and producing multiple new works of his. Closing this weekend is his latest mainstage commission, “Greetings Friend, Your Kind Assistance Is Required,” featuring a phenomenal cast of local greats including past Essential collaborator Brenda Porter as the main […]
Pants on Fire! by Jacobi Howard FEBRUARY 13, 2017 7:30PM WEST END PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 945 RALPH DAVID ABERNATHY BLVD, ATLANTA, GA DIRECTED BY MICHAEL HARRISON Deep in the woods of the south, Gordon raises his two teenage children alone. When his estranged brother Lucius arrives unexpectedly, seeking reconciliation, he brings with him dark memories of […]
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When asked why he chose to submit his (now award winning and professionally produced) play When Things Are Lost to the Essential Theatre Playwriting Competition, 2016 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award Winner Derek Dixon replied, When I read the statement about what The Essential Theatre was looking for, I felt that I had a chance. I am […]
Shared by Breaking Character Magazine, a Samuel French publication, a great interview with beloved Essential and Atlanta playwright Topher Payne: writers-room-with-topher-payne-breaking-character Here at Samuel French, we strive to find exciting voices in the playwright community, and bring them to a wider audience. This year, one of the new writers we welcomed to our catalog is […]
From long-time Essential playwright Karla Jennings, Essential Theatre is the major force behind producing Georgia playwrights. Their productions are tremendous encouragement and has launched a number of playwrights who’ve gone national. Become a part of the Essential tradition – support our power2give campaign today!
Something short and sweet for your Monday morning, from repeat Essential playwright, Karen Wurl: I try to submit a play to the Essential every year. I’m a huge fan of the Essential Theatre…The Essential Festival is a boon to playwrights and audiences alike. Become a part of the Essential tradition – support our power2give campaign […]
Valetta Anderson won the 2006 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award for her play, Leaving Limbo. After that show’s premiere in the 2006 Play Festival she had this to say about her experience: The Essential Theatre was the essential ingredient in furthering my career as a playwright and expanding my voice into film by providing the one thing that […]