Best Local Playwrights: Sunday Paper recognizes a few of Atlanta’s talented playwrights.

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The Essential Theatre wants to congratulate Lauren Gunderson for being named Best Local Playwright in the Sunday Paper’s Reader’s Poll — and Valetta Anderson for being named runner-up!

Lauren won the Essential Theatre Playwriting Award in 2001 (for PARTS THEY CALL DEEP) and 2004 (for BACKGROUND). Valetta won in 2006, for LEAVING LIMBO.

All the best to both these writers, and may they have continued success in their field.

In the meantime, look out for our World Premiere production of Vynnie Meli’s JIM CROW AND THE RHYTHM DARLINGS, winner of this year’s contest. It’ll be part of the 11th Annual Essential Theatre Festival, playing July 5 – August 2 at Actor’s Express.

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