Groups and Field Trips

Bring a group to the Festival and have your own customized Essential experience!

Discounts are automatically applied through to all reservations for parties of 10 or more, but we also offer special rates and customization opportunities for whole- or half-house reservations.

The cast of The Local, 2012

Bring a school group: class, club or home school group.  

Bring a community group: seniors, church groups, meetup groups

Host a special event for your employees or volunteers as a thank-you

Buy out the house and resell tickets as a fundraiser for your club, cause or team

Lots of customizations are available! Talk to us about hosting a pre-show reception; resource fair; post-show talkback with the director, cast, playwright, or a special guest of your choosing; a backstage tour; a group photo onstage; and more!

For more information or to make your reservation, email [email protected] today!


$750 to buy the whole house (60 seats)

$400 for a partial-house reservation (30 seats or less)

Plan your visit: directions, parking, and where to eat or drink can be found here.

RESERVATION AND CANCELLATION POLICY: All group sales are subject to availability. Reservations are confirmed at the time that payment is received. Refunds are not available for cancellations made less than one week before the event.

Group sales are available for the following performances:

Essential Theatre's Founding Artistic Director Peter Hardy

The Other Part of the Picture

by Peter Hardy, Essential’s Founding Artistic Director


This comic drama is about a group of students who find a mysterious batch of old letters in the house two of them are living in. The Other Part of the Picture has won playwriting prizes from the New York Script Awards and the Best Script Awards – London and was also chosen for the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival, where it was given a staged reading. This will be the play’s World Premiere production.

Audience Advisories: Adult language and sexual situations


Sat Aug 10 (8pm)

Sat Aug 17 (8pm)

Sun Aug 18 (2pm)

Fri Aug 23 (8pm)

Sun Aug 25 (7pm)

2024 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award Winner Emily McClain

The Rock & The Hard Place

by Emily McClain, 2024 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award Winner


A powerful drama about a young woman’s desperate efforts to free her innocent father from Death Row. Emily’s play is the winner of the 2024 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, the competition that is exclusively dedicated to the work of Georgia writers, with the winner getting both a full production and a cash prize. This will be the play’s World Premiere production.

Audience Advisories: This play deals with serious issues regarding injustice and the death penalty. There will be physical violence and a gunshot onstage.


Sun Aug 18 (7pm)

Sat Aug 24 (8pm)

Sun Aug 25 (2pm)

Sat Aug 31 (8pm)