Playwright Lineup for the 2024 Southern Fried Bake-Off

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Great News! We have selected our 7 playwrights for the First Annual Southern Fried Bake-Off taking place on January 5-6, 2024 at Core Dance in downtown Decatur!

Congratulations to John Mabey, Victoria Nation, R.P. Singletary, Hank Kimmel, Nathan Jerpe, Diane Dierks, and Marita A. McKee! Follow us on social media to find out more about each of these talented folks.

Don’t miss out on this fun and creative way to jumpstart your new year. Tickets to the 7pm public performance on January 6 are NOW available at

Y’all come play with us and watch creativity unfold! Witness the magic firsthand as playwrights, actors, and crew collaborate for an exhilarating 24 hours to create brand-new plays inspired by a Bake-Off theme and a list of “ingredients.”

*proudly brought to you by Essential Theatre, in partnership with Core Dance and the Decatur Arts Alliance