Bare Essentials Play Reading Series

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All readings in the Bare Essentials series are free and open to the public. Be sure to stay after for exciting conversation with the director, cast and playwright

Curated by Founding Artistic Director Peter Hardy.
Peter Hardy is a national award-winning playwright himself, who’s had over 30 productions of his work done around the country, and was named Creative Loafing’s Critic’s Pick for Best Local Playwright in 2010.

Aug. 3 (2pm) – DAY OF SATURN by Leviticus Jelks III, directed by Najah Ali

The owner of a hardware store in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta struggle with conflicting emotions about the son he lost, with the help of a young employee who has his own painful past.

Aug. 6 (7:30pm) – HENRY DARGER TAKES A WALK by Rosalind Sullivan-Lovett, directed by Natalie Fox

An intriguing journey into imagination and possible madness, as a young woman tries to find her way to healing.

Aug. 12 (7:30pm)  – WAITING FOR BIG STUFF by Allan Dodson, directed by Kati Grace Brown

It’s all fun and games until Death shows up (with an assistant named Marvin) to raise the stakes in this funny new farce.

Aug. 21 (7:30pm) – THE ODDS AGAINST DEATH by Ted Westby, directed by Bill Murphey

What starts out like a workplace sitcom turns into an absurdist exploration of privilege and racism in contemporary America.


In addition to our regular Festival sponsors, Essential Theatre is proud to announce that the 2019 Bare Essentials Play Reading Series is supported by Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, through funding from the Georgia General Assembly. Thanks to all of our sponsors for helping Essential fulfill our mission to nurture and produce new works by Georgia playwrights and to actively engage our audiences in this process.

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