Showcasing Georgia’s Best Playwrights

2021
Essential Theatre
Play Festival

November 5-21

Essential is back live this fall, bringing the 2021 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award winning plays, Calming the Man by Anthony Lamarr White and Raising the Dead by Erin Considine, to the stage along with a two night only encore performance of Shelby Hofer’s High Risk, Baby!

*Mask and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required for all audience members.

Named Best New Play Incubator by Atlanta Magazine in 2018, Essential Theatre has given Georgia playwrights a voice for the past twenty-two years, producing 30+ World Premieres and helping launch the careers of nation-wide successes like Topher Payne and Lauren Gunderson. 

You won’t want to miss ANY of what we’ve got in store for you at the 2021 Essential Theatre Play Festival:

2021 Festival Plays

Raising the Dead, by Erin Considine. Graphic by SageCat Studio

Raising the Dead

On a hot night in New Orleans, two very different women — lost in loneliness and the living death of feeling invisible – try to …
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Calming the Man, by Anthony Lamarr White. Graphic by SageCat Studio

Calming the Man

In the summer of the American Bicentennial, two sons try to escape the rage and pain that their father is trapped in, fueled by the …
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In the Press

Broadway World article

Theater Notes (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Join Us!

November 5-21

Live, in person, at the Fulton County Arts & Culture West End Performing Arts Center, the festival’s home since 2014.

West End Performing Arts Center

945 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30310
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