Essential power2give FINAL TWO weeks!

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cropped headshot LG-contributed by Jennifer Kimball
Managing Director (2012-present)

Ordinarily, we at Essential spend a lot of time this time of year celebrating the accomplishments of playwrights whose work we’ve premiered over the years. This tradition began as a means of building excitement around the crowdfunding campaign we’re usually also running this time of year, but it’s also something I’ve come to really enjoy curating as part of my job with Essential.

We hope you enjoy this year’s series! And of course, we sincerely hope you’re moved to support our power2give campaign, which ends at midnight on December 22.


Lauren Gunderson, the most-produced living playwright in America in 2016 (photo by Kristen Lara Getchell)
QUALITIES OF STARLIGHT, winner of the 2010 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, published by Dramatic Publishing
Topher Payne captures Hallmark Channel’s heart with two new screenplays this fall.
Only two weeks remain in our crowdfunding campaign for this fall, and this time we’re changing things up a little: it’s been an incredibly successful year for Essential playwrights, with too much good news to cram into a daily Facebook post, and the press and social media have already done a great job of getting the word out that Georgia has created some pretty powerful playwrights of late. So for the final two weeks of this year’s power2give, we thought we’d inspire you with some words from our playwrights, supporters, audience members and friends about why Essential matters to them. Over the next two weeks you’ll hear from playwrights whose work we’ve produced, playwrights whose plays we’ve workshopped and presented readings of,  audience members, critics, supporters and friends.


Thursday, December 8, 2016 – Lauren Gunderson
Friday, December 9, 2016 – Karla Jennings
Saturday, December 10, 2016 – Jordan Pulliam
Sunday, December 11, 2016 – Celise Kalke
Monday, December 12, 2016 – Gabriel Jason Dean
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – Joshua Mikel
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – T. K. Hadman, Edge Media Network
Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Lauren Gunderson
Friday, December 16, 2016 – Carolyn Cook
Saturday, December 17, 2016 – Bob Smith And Ashleigh Hoppe
Sunday, December 18, 2016 – Valetta Anderson
Monday, December 19, 2016 – Karen Wurl
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – Karla Jennings
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – Topher Payne And Samuel French
Thursday, December 22, 2016 – Derek Dixon