2019 Festival

The 2019 Essential Theatre Play Festival

July 26-August 25, 2019

at the west end performing arts center

945 ralph david abernathy blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310

Named Best New Play Incubator by Atlanta Magazine in 2018, Essential Theatre has given Georgia playwrights a voice for the past twenty-one years, producing 30+ World Premieres and helping launch the careers of nation-wide successes like Topher Payne and Lauren Gunderson.  The 2019 Essential Theatre Play Festival premieres the work of two brand-new talents:  Emily McClain’s Slaying Holofernes and Ben Thorpe’s Babyshower for the Antichrist.  The Festival runs July 26 – August 25. 

Babyshower for the Antichrist

Babyshower for the Antichrist

Bare Essentials Play Reading Series

Bare Essentials Play Reading Series

Essential Theatre Presents: The Attic

Essential Theatre Presents: The Attic

Slaying Holofernes

Slaying Holofernes

In the Press: City Lights with Lois Reitzes

This is an exceptionally powerful season this summer, outdoing even Essential’s usual high standard, and it’s all happening at the West End Performing Arts Center.
What our audience has to say

Opening Night and Neighborhood Night receptions generously sponsored by the Atlanta West End Rotary Club – join us!


2019 Festival Sponsors