Wednesday, February 22, 2012


2012 Essential Theatre Festival 
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Evelyn in Purgatory
byTopher Payne, director Betty Hart
Five public school teachers are caught in the limbo of the disciplinary “Rubber Room”, waiting for their cases to be heard and their fates decided. Poignant and funny, it’s like The Breakfast Club for teachers, as they share secrets with each other and begin to look into their own hearts. Winner of the 2012 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award. 

by Jordan Pulliam, director Peter Hardy 
What if Shakespeare had conceived the melancholy Dane as a costumed crime fighter?  The worlds of comic books and the Bard of Avon come together in this hilarious mash-up, a tale of murder and revenge, poetry and BAM! SOCK! POW!
The Local 
director Ellen McQueen 
A collaborative theatre project about the City of Atlanta, by the writers of Atlanta, developed and directed by the award-winning director of Ice Glen and Sally and Glen at the Palace. A similar project is happening in Tampa, Florida, and Essential Theatre has plans to reach out to theatres around the country to eventually make this a nation-wide phenomenon.

Audition Notices    
The Essential Theatre will hold non-union General Auditions for the 2012 Essential Theatre Play Festival on Saturday, March 10, from Noon till 5:30 p.m.  Auditions will be held on the top floor of the building that Horizon Theatre is located in (1083 Austin Avenue N.E., Atlanta, GA  30307.)  WE WILL NOT BE IN HORIZON THEATRE, simply in the same building they are in, in a room directly across from Horizon’s office, which you’ll find as soon as you get to the top of the stairs.  Prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues (whichever contrast you prefer) not running more than 4 minutes in total length.  To make an appointment, e-mail or call 404-212-0815 (we prefer e-mails).  Our mailing address is Essential Theatre, 1414 Foxhall Lane #10, Atlanta, GA 30316.  Our website is The 2012 Festival will run from July 6 – August 5 at Actor’s Express, three World Premiere shows running in rotating repertory (with separate casts).  All roles will be paid with a stipend.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Don't Put It Off Any Longer

If you keep meaning to come see "Next Fall" at Actor's Express, but have been putting it off, keep in mind that this time next week, THEY WILL HAVE CLOSED.  

Twentysomething Luke, who believes in God, is deeply in love with the slightly older Adam, who believes in everything but. When a tragic accident interrupts their perfect New York life, Adam must turn to Luke's friends and deeply religious family for support - and answers. This runaway New York hit began off-Broadway in 2009 and transferred by popular demand to Broadway in 2010. The New York Times called Next Fall "smart, sensitive and utterly contemporary...the funniest heartbreaker in town."

Written by Geoffrey Nauffts; Directed by Kate Warner and featuring Mitchell Anderson, John Benzinger, Patricia French, Jennifer Levison, William S. Murphey and Joe Sykes.

Lionheart Premieres James Beck's BLEACH

The Essential Theatre congratulates James Beck on the World Premiere of his dark comedy BLEACH at the Lionheart Theatre in Norcross, running Feb. 10 – 19.  (Visit for details.)  Essential did some development work with James on this play, part of our ongoing mission of supporting new work by Georgia playwrights.  Here’s what James had to say about working with us:  “Peter led the group in a constructive feedback session that allowed me as the playwright to experience my play, to question it and to gather new creative energy to apply in crafting the work. Peter did a great job of understanding that the playwright has to solve the riddle of the play but offered, through open discussion, some really great reflection about the piece.”