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Daryl Fazio Featured Playwright in Florida Rep’s First Annual PlayLab Festival

playlab-graphic-300The first weekend in May, Florida Rep held their first ever PlayLab Festival, “an intensive festival that showcases New Plays and New Voices in the American Theatre, and gives playwrights a safe environment to workshop their plays.” Out of approximately 100 plays considered for the festival, only four were chosen to be read. One of these was Daryl Fazio’s Split in Three, which Essential audiences may remember from the 2012 Bare Essentials series. Congratulations, Daryl!

A major goal of the PlayLab Festival, as with Essential’s own Bare Essentials Reading Series, is to give playwrights a chance to hear their words read aloud and receive feedback from cast and audience alike. In an interview with Nancy Stetson of Florida Weekly, Florida Rep Producing Artistic Director Robert Cacioppo observes, “a play needs several productions, I think.  They don’t come out completely ready.”

One of the plays read during the 2014 Festival will be chosen for production in the 2014-15 season at Florida Rep.

Back in Atlanta, Daryl had this to say about her experience in Florida last weekend:

This was an important workshop with which to follow up my Essential process. I wrote a new draft right after the Essential reading almost two years ago now, and that’s the version that was chosen (I think they got about 100 submissions; they chose four for the festival) and read in Florida. The response was like nothing I’ve ever experienced, and I now know, with a little more minor tweaking, this script is ready to fly the coop and hit the stage with a full production. Florida Rep is interested–one of their motives of the festival is to choose a play to be produced on their mainstage next spring. They found the overwhelmingly positive audience response and their own feelings about the play to be good reason to consider it. They’ll make a decision soon. But if they decide not to give it a go, I have renewed confidence in SPLIT IN THREE and will start the task of sending it out into the world. Plus, I become a better writer every single time I get to hang out with actors and read my words for a few days.

For more information about Daryl Fazio and her work, check out her website. To learn more about the 2014 Bare Essentials Play Reading Series and how you can get involved, click here.


New Home for This Summer’s Essential Theatre Festival

Essential Theatre Festival Moves to West End For Another Summer of World Premieres by Georgia Playwrights

Atlanta, April 2014 – Essential Theatre continues its tradition of premiering the best new work by Georgia playwrights for Atlanta audiences with this summer’s Essential Theatre Play Festival, taking place July 18 through August 17 in its new home at the West End Performing Arts Center, located at 945 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.

Essential will be presenting the World Premieres of this year’s playwriting award co-winners, That Uganda Play by Theroun D’Arcy Patterson, and Ravens and Seagulls by Karla Jennings, along with staged readings of six other new works by Georgia authors in the Bare Essentials Reading Series. Continue reading