2015 Festival Highlights

by Jennifer Kimball
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imagesOur seventeenth Festival, the fourth all-Georgia Festival, our second year partnering with the West End Performing Arts Center and with Eyedrum Art & Mimgres-3usic to showcase a local visual artist and further support Georgia artists of all kinds.

Two great and well-received world premieres by two talented and gracious Georgia Playwrights,

11807689_1075205875842560_4212154866315228380_oOur best-attended Bare Essentials Play Reading Series ever — despite a power outage during one reading as the result of an afternoon thunderstorm.

 

And we’re making good on a promise that’s a long time coming,  to produce Bare Essentials readings outside of the Festival as well, with our first reading of the fall coming up this Wednesday, September 30.

Praise from audience and critics alike!

“The Old Ship of Zion is good story telling, simply done with moments of great beauty.”

THE OLD SHIP OF ZION by Natalia Naman opens July 24

THE OLD SHIP OF ZION by Natalia Naman opens July 24

“I’m definitely coming back and bringing friends.”

“A well-written, superbly acted drama which touched just about every emotion…

I encourage all Atlanta theatre goers to take the opportunity to see this. You’ll be glad you did.”

“Sometimes, a work of theatre cloaks itself in the paradigms and tropes of Biblical Axioms, and, if it ‘reaches out and grabs my heart,’ attention must be paid. Such a work is Natalia Naman’s The Old Ship of Zion, a play filled with faith and testimony, but also filled with characters and incident and self-examining doubt and questioning.”

Lillian poster“A totally ‘now’ production.”  

“Tara definitely likes it.”

“a well-written, superbly acted drama which touched just about every emotion…I encourage all Atlanta theatre goers to take the opportunity to see this. You’ll be glad you did.”

“If the other two readings were as sterling as the one by Diane Dexter last night, the audience will be in for a real treat.” –Hank Kimmel

“The Essential Theatre Play Festival produces theatre unlike anywhere else in Atlanta. Almost 30 years running, it creates a vital opportunity for us to experience stories that demand to be heard.”   -TK Hadman, Edge Media Network

“[Peter Hardy’s] choices are diverse in the very best way – playwrights, topics, and casting, and I applaud his integrity and ability to make these happen.”   -Ann Neff

On a Personal Note

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Essential Marketplace or bought a hat before The Old Ship of Zion. All proceeds will be donated to the Jo Howarth Noonan Foundation for the Performing Arts.

The donation will be made in honor of Jo and of Sharon Cage Allen Mansfield, whom audiences loved this summer as Mama Gwen in The Old Ship of Zion and who passed away on September 27.

Jo Howarth collage 12049620_10153774882479391_3537704190893843502_nWe are proud and blessed to have had them both grace our stage, Jo regularly over the course of several years, and Sharon this summer for the first and final time.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this summer’s festival possible:

 

Our Donors
Our Volunteers
Jessica Linden

John Thigpen

Leslee Sinclair

Phillip R. Mertz

Milton Sams

Jane Walsh

Jill Patrick

James Grimsley

Mark Perloe

Chris Carlsten

Thom, Lori & Sydney Stanley

Jennifer Kimball

Yolanda Asher

Parker Hilley

Betty Mitchell

Billy and Erin Langley

Wiley Rinaldi

Wendell Bohannon

Susan Fast

Mary Wellington

Barbara O’Haley

Olubajo Sonubi

Carter Bevis

Amie Kroessig

Homer Duke

Suzanne Roush

Shirley & Reuven Dobry

Michael Harrison

Letitia Sweitzer

Chris Carlsten

Cathy Jamison

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