Festival

Bare Essentials Play Reading Series

Thanks to support from Georgia Humanities, 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 Essential’s Founding Artistic Director, Peter Hardy, himself a national award-winning playwright who’s had over 30 productions of his work done around the country and has had plays chosen for the National Playwrights’ Conference and the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival and received playwriting awards from the National Playwrights’ Conference, the Festival of Southern Theatre and the New Southern Theatre Festival.

August 9 – THE EXHIBIT by Ozzy Wagner, directed by Carolyn Cook

A young woman leading the way towards an exhibit at the museum where she works, centering on female-oriented artists and subjects, is threatened with the public release of compromising images of herself.

Featuring the reading talents of: Eliana Marianes (Aphrodite), Jamie Moore (Noah/Man/Apelles), Dionna D. Davis (Julie), Si Chen (Alex), Hayley Noelle Hudson (Callie)

Meet the Playwright: Ozzy Wagner

August 10 – BARBIE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION by Robert Fuson, directed by Kati Grace Brown

G.I. Joe rescues Barbie from a war and brings her home to his cabin.  From that point on they charge ahead through the stages of a “traditional” relationship, becoming parents, and fumbling their way along the path of evolving from dolls into human beings.

Featuring the reading talents of: Sarah Newby Halicks (Barbie), Chris Hecke (G.I. Joe), Kait Rivas (Milzy)

Meet the Playwright: Robert Fuson

August 22 – SHARK WEEK by Anneka Rose, directed by Cameryn Richardson

The claustrophobic intensity of adolescents at a boarding school becomes a fever-dream of sexual confusion and manipulation.  “Dedicated to all the girls and women who were made to feel as though their tragedies were less real than the ones we read on the page.”


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What our playwrights say:

Thank you for everything you did to help make the reading happen and come off so smoothly! As a first time playwright, seeing the work performed on stage meant the world to me.

Matt Hoffman, playwright