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Silver Anniversary Festival Lineup

We’re excited to announce the lineup for the 25th Annual Essential Theatre Play Festival, which will be running from August 9 – September 1 at 7 Stages!  For our Silver Anniversary Festival we will continue our long tradition of bringing new work by Georgia playwrights to the stage by producing a repertory of two World Premiere productions,

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Have you got a play to share?

The deadline for the 2025 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award competition is April 23, 2024.

The only competition exclusively dedicated to the work of Georgia playwrights, the winning play will receive both a full production and a $1,000 cash prize.

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2024 Festival Passes now on sale!

Now through April 30, purchase a Two-, Four-, or Eight-Ticket Festival Pass to guarantee priority access to your preferred dates for this summer’s shows. 

Festival Pass holders will have 48 hour early access on July 1 and 2 to redeem your pass for individual tickets and ensure you get seats according to your preferred schedule 

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2024 Celebration of Georgia Playwrights

Join Essential Theatre on Sunday April 28 for a Celebration of Georgia Playwrights!

Meet the 2024 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award Winner, Emily McClain, and celebrate Essential’s – and Georgia’s – rich theatre tradition and the community in which our playwrights grow and thrive.

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