Showcasing Georgia’s Best Playwrights

Essential Theatre
Play Festival

July 29-August 28

Essential is back to our usual time slot this summer, bringing you the 2022 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award winner, A Complicated Hope by John Mabey, alongside Daniel Carter Brown’s The Outrage Machine, one of the 2020 Playwriting Award winners whose production had to be postponed.

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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. 

In the press:

Essential Theatre to Present 23rd Summer Play Festival

You won’t want to miss ANY of what we’ve got in store for you at the 2022 Essential Theatre Play Festival:

2022 Festival Plays

The Outrage Machine, by Daniel Carter Brown

The Outrage Machine

Opening Friday July 29 – A satiric drama that explores internet journalism, social media, and the culture of outrage – Co-Winner of the 2020 Essential …
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A Complicated Hope, by John Mabey

A Complicated Hope

Opening Friday August 5 – A play about hope, shining a light on the darkest corners of grief – Winner of the 2022 Essential Theatre …
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Join Us!

July 29-August 28

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

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West End Performing Arts Center

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