Tickets are free,
Complimentary wine before and after the readings!
July 31, 8pm - MACHINATIONS (OR, THAT UGANDA PLAY) by Theroun Patterson, directed by Amber Bradshaw
Aug 6, 8pm - CEMETERY ROW by Karen Wurl, directed by Peter Hardy
Aug 7, 8pm - FORTUNES OF WARREN by Lee Wright, directed by Jessica Fern Hunt
Essential Theatre Connects with Deaf Audiences
"Connecting with Deaf Audiences" is Essential's initiative to reach out to deaf community members and share with them the same great theatre opportunities we've been sharing with the hearing members of our community for the past 25 years. Read More
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2013 Festival Lineup July 12 - August 11, 2013 Performing at Actors Express
STRAY DOGS World Premiere by Matthew Myers, directed by Peter Hardy
Jackson’s a petty criminal who’s not as smart as he thinks, and Violet is a teenage call girl who’s not nearly everything she pretends to be. Caught in the middle of a war between corrupt cops and (barely) organized crime, they find out it’s not really the greatest time to fall in love … but them’s the breaks. The World Premiere of a comedy/crime story/romance in the style of Quentin Tarentino, it’s funny and violent and surprisingly sweet. Winner of the 2013 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award. Watch Video This show contains adult language and onstage violence, gunshots and smoking.
ASL interpreted performance and Meet the Playwright Talkback at 7pm on July 28. Stray Dogs Audience Feedback "A fast moving fun work, regardless of the pretty hard-core language and some strenuous fight scenes. It is wicked good." - Bob Heller Publisher Features Service
"The characters are so fresh, the dialogue so compelling, and the story so I-can't-wait-to-see-what-happens-next that it wasn't long before I swept along in its noir-lite energy." Brad Rudy, Atlanta Theatre Buzz
SWIMMING WITH JELLYFISH by Katie Grant Shalin, directedby Bill Murphey Father and son, mother and daughter. Husband and wife, brother and sister. Sometimes the most ordinary and commonplace relationships can be the hardest ones to figure out. Lilly and Jim’s kids are almost grown and ready to leave the house, and things should just be starting to settle down for them … instead it all begins to come apart. Poignant and funny, this is the Professional World Premiere of a Georgia-written drama about a family trying to hold it together. Watch Video ASL interpreted performance and Meet the Playwright Talkback at 8pm on August 8.
Mysterious Connections World Premiere Theatre by Peter Hardy, directed by Ellen McQueen
Two lonely women, haunted by their pasts, are drawn to one another from the first time they meet, and soon find themselves able to enter one another’s dreams. A powerful fantasy-drama about love and terror, forgiveness and second chances … it’s also very funny. A World Premiere by the author of our 2010 hit Sally and Glen at the Palace, this play was one of a handful chosen for development by the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Watch Video For mature audiences; sexual situations.
This show contains smoke and fog effects.
ASL interpreted performance and Meet the Playwright Talkback at 7pm on August 4. Mysterious Connections Audience Feedback “I liked the play so much. It was a moving and powerful story of second chances, sacrifice, and of...well, getting unstuck and moving forward in life.” - David C.
“I loved your play! I really appreciated seeing a playwright taking big artistic risks and succeeding. All of your characters were so well defined, insightful, and at times, hilarious.” - Annie E.
“I can’t stop thinking about your play!” – Sara C.
“We were talking about it all the way home.” - Suzanne R.
“Wonderful piece. Valory (my theatre snob wife) couldn’t stop talking about it all the way home. She loved the interplay of the very serious themes with the humor. ” - M. STRAUSS
Fantastic play. EVERYONE should go see it." -- Anya M.
“It was well acted, with great characters; thought-provoking, and beautifully produced.” - Lee R.
Become an Usher Please come back in May to start signing up. We are seeking two ushers for each performance. Simply follow the link to ourOvationTix calendar and select USHER tickets and you will be taken to a page to sign-up. Choose one or two $0 tickets. Please visit our onlineTheatre Festival Usher Information to determine performance dates and availability. Click HERE to volunteer.