Monday, September 27, 2010

Essential is Big Winner at the Metropolitan Theatre Awards

The Essential Theatre is proud to have won five Metropolitan Theatre Awards at the MAT Ceremonies held on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Our 2009 production of Joan Ackermann's ICE GLEN won the prizes for Best Director of a Play (Ellen McQueen), Best Major Supporting Actor In A Play (Jim Sarbh), Best Lighting Design for a Play (Trish Harris), and Best Scenic Design for a Play (Rob Hadaway). The Essential Theatre's World Premiere production of Vynnie Meli's JIM CROW AND THE RHYTHM DARLINGS won the award for Best Original Work.

The Essential Theatre would like to congratulate all the winners and all the nominees!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Artistic Director Peter Hardy Named Best Playwright by Creative Loafing

As artistic director of Essential Theatre, PETER HARDY has been Atlanta's de facto midwife of new local plays. In the summer of 2010, however, Hardy put the spotlight on his own script, Sally and Glen at the Palace, and the nostalgic dramedy packed enough punch to upstage many of Essential's productions going back for years.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Will the Essential Theatre ever be eligible for the Suzis?

The Essential Theatre would like to congratulate some of our friends and collaborators on their recent Suzi nominations:

Robin Bloodworth, nominated as Best Leading Actor for "Ethan Frome" at Theatre in the Square, worked with us years ago in a terrific Lee Blessing play called "Down the Road".

Ellen McQueen, nominated as Best Featured Actress for "Ethan Frome", directed our productions of "Sally and Glen at the Palace", "Ice Glen", "After Ashley", "Night Travels", "Charm School" and "A Lovely Undertow".

William S. Murphey, nominated as Best Featured Actor for "Around the World In 80 Days" at Theatrical Outfit, appeared in the very first Essential Theatre production, years ago -- a double bill of "Witches Brew" and "Ghost Story", and later in "And They Dance Real Slow In Jackson".

Will the Essential Theatre ever be eligible for the Suzis? You can help us make that happen by
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