2021
Essential Theatre
Play Festival

June 1 – June 30

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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-one years, producing 30+ World Premieres and helping launch the careers of nation-wide successes like Topher Payne and Lauren Gunderson. 

The 2019 Essential Theatre Play Festival premieres the work of two brand-new talents:  Emily McClain’s Slaying Holofernes and Ben Thorpe’s Babyshower for the Antichrist.  

2021 Festival Plays

Slaying Holofernes

World premiere opens Friday, July 26, 2019 This passionate and provocative drama spans four centuries as it tells the tales of two remarkable young women:  Amanda,…
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Babyshower for the Antichrist

A horror comedy about a small group of incompetent devil-worshippers who are preparing for the birth of the Dark Lord when an newcomer arrives, thinking…
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June 1 – June 30

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In the Press:

Year in Review: Playwrights Shine (Dec 2017, ArtsATL)

Women, Tech, Visionaries Dominate Essential Theatre Festival (July 2017, City Lights with Lois Reitzes)

The Plays of Summer (May 2017, Encore Atlanta)

Essential Theatre Fest names 2017 winner (Feb 2017, Encore Atlanta)

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