Gabriel Jason Dean
After the Essential Theatre premiere in 2010, Gabriel Jason Dean and the folks at the Source Theatre Festival in Washington, D.D. Theatre made significant revisions to the play and presented it again in 2012. This marked the beginning of a streak for Essential playwrights, with most of our World Premieres since that time going on to second, third and even fourth productions.
“Peter Hardy and the Essential Theatre were an invaluable help to me. A sharp playwright himself, Peter really knows how to talk to writers. He helped me get to the heart of my big and wild story. They are brave people who take a chance on risky material and Peter and the cast really went full throttle on my play. In the wasteland of unending readings and development conferences that make up the life of a young writer like me, I can’t express enough how truly helpful it is to see your work up on its feet — alive and kicking with all its beauty (and flaws). The Essential is committed to the future of theatre in Atlanta. They aren’t posers, letting young playwrights eat the crumbs from the table. They’re the real deal. They get their hands dirty and live/breathe/eat/sleep your play. The Essential is Atlanta’s best kept theatre secret.”
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