2019 Festival

The 2019 Essential Theatre Play Festival

July 26-August 25, 2019

at the west end performing arts center

945 ralph david abernathy blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310

Named Best New Play Incubator by Atlanta Magazine in 2018, Essential Theatre has given Georgia playwrights a voice for the past twenty-one years, producing 30+ World Premieres and helping launch the careers of nation-wide successes like Topher Payne and Lauren Gunderson.  The 2019 Essential Theatre Play Festival premieres the work of two brand-new talents:  Emily McClain’s Slaying Holofernes and Ben Thorpe’s Babyshower for the Antichrist.  The Festival runs July 26 – August 25. 

Get Tickets! Groups and Field Trips 

In the Press: City Lights with Lois Reitzes

What Audiences Have to Say:

“This is an exceptionally powerful season this summer, outdoing even Essential’s usual high standard, and it’s all happening at the West End Performing Arts Center.”

Opening Night and Neighborhood Night receptions generously sponsored by the Atlanta West End Rotary Club – join us!


2019 Festival Sponsors


Click on the images below to learn more about the plays in this summer’s festival: