A few years ago, I directed the Essential Theatre’s production of Paul Rudnick’s THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD, which took a look at stories and themes from the Bible, seen through a gay perspective (starting in the Garden of Eden, with Adam and Steve). It’s still one of my favorites shows that we’ve ever done, and not just because it was funny as hell (line for line, I think Rudnick may be the funniest playwright working today). What I found most captivating about the script was the scope of its theatrical imagination and the depth and breadth of its exploration of spiritual issues. Expecting to read a campy joke-fest, I found that I had discovered a playwright capable of creating the kind of magic only live theatre can provide.
Performance Dates & Times
Tuesday, July 8, 8:00pm PWYC
Wednesday, July 9, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 12, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 13, 7:00pm talkback
Tuesday, July 15, 8:00pm PWYC
Thursday, July 17, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 19, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 20, 2:00pm sold out
Wednesday, July 23, 8:00pm
Thursday, July 24, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 26, 2:00pm sold out
Sunday, July 27, 7:00pm
Friday, June 27, 8:00pm
Saturday, June 28, 8:00pm
Sunday, June 29, 7:00pm
Saturday, July 5, 8:00pm
Thursday, July 10, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 13, 2:00pm
Monday, July 14, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 19, 2:00pm
Sunday, July 20, 7:00pm
Tuesday, July 22, 8:00pm PWYC
Friday, July 25, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 27, 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 2, 8:00pm
Thursday, July 3. 8:00pm
Sunday, July 6, 7:00pm
Friday, July 11, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 12, 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 16, 8:00pm
Friday, July 18, 8:00pm
Monday, July 21, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 26, 8:00pm
Fri and Sat;
ONLINE: $20 adults and $15 (senior/student discounts)
AT THE DOOR: $22 adults & $18 (senior/student discounts)
Mon, Weds, Thurs and Sun: (discounts are not available on weeknights or Sunday)
AT THE DOOR: $18
Tuesday PAY WHAT YOU CAN;
Every Tuesday evening is PAY WHAT YOU CAN at the door.
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The Essential Theatre has formed an advisory panel to insure we have access to a variety of artistic voices. Advisory board members are asked to suggest new works, assist reading new plays, suggest talented actors for our productions and to inform their friends and acquaintances of our activities. An advisory panel reception is planned as part of the 2008 Power Plays Festival.
- Rosemary Newcott (Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth at the Alliance Theatre, Actress).
- Phillip DePoy (Playwright, Novelist, Musician, Actor, Director, Head of Drama Department at
College). Clayton State
- Valetta Anderson (Resident Teaching Artist with the Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists, Playwright). .
- Morgan Timmis (Historic and Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of
; Actress). Roswell
- Ann Wilson (Director of Development, Horizon Theatre; Actress).
- Jill Patrick (Managing Director of Working Title Playwrights Group).
- Ellen McQueen (Director, Actress, Playwright).
- Suehyla El-Attar (Actress, Playwright).
- Bill Gibson (Playwright,
Playwriting Award Winner). Essential
- Karla Jennings (Playwright).
- Lee Nowell (Director, Actress, Playwright).
If you would like to get involved and join on our advisory panel, please contact artistic director, Peter Hardy. We are still seeking additional board members who wish to share their time, expertise or financial resources to help with the Annual Playwriting Award Competition and the Power Plays Festival.
Congratulations to Artistic Director Peter Hardy. His play FLOOR PILLOWS was recently performed in the Nantucket Short Play Festival. Both that play and Hardy’s MOON ACTION were finalists in that Festival’s Short Play Competition.
Before one heads West of Eden, there is Eden.
The Essential Theatre — and many, many other people — have lost a friend and colleague. Johanna Lindemann (whose stage name was Johanna Linden) passed away at her family’s home in Virginia, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Johanna was a fine, intelligent, skillful actress who was also a lovely person and a dream to work with. Atlanta audiences saw her perform with the Academy Theatre, Seven Stages, Theatre Gael, Actor’s Express, Soulstice Repertory and other companies, and we were privileged to have her work with us in MISS MACBETH and, just last summer, playing the title role in MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE. In November she took part in one of our play development reading workshops and, as always, she was at the top of her game, bringing insight and illumination to that process. We’ll all miss her.