About the Playwright

About the Artists

Playwright John D. Babcock III

Babcock (playwright) has written for television, radio and the stage. He is a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies, having written for the late Robert Osborne, and currently writing for host Ben Mankiewicz. He also writers for Agatha’s – A Taste of Mystery, The Mystery café of Indianapolis, Laughing Matters, and Sketchworks. In many ways, the play Independent is a departure for John. And he is grateful and honored to be working with Dan Triandiflou on this production.

John has been married to his wife Amy for fourteen years and they are both thankful for their little red-haired girl June. 

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About the Playwright: Avery Sharpe

“Avery Sharpe is a remarkable young man who I’ve been blessed to know since his freshman year of college when I was his teacher. I’ve been proud to watch him evolve as an artist with serious talent and discipline. His play WOKE is a special piece of writing and I hope this production will turn out to be the first of many.” Freddie Ashley, Artistic Director, Actor’s Express

Avery Sharpe is an actor and recently a playwright from Atlanta, GA. After studying Acting and Spanish at Kennesaw State University, he has performed at a variety of stages across Atlanta.

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About the Playwright, Rachel Graf Evans

“Rachel Graf Evans is another exciting American voice launching in Atlanta. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her work – she’s at the beginning of an amazing career.” Celise Kalke, Artistic Programs Manager, Alliance Theatre

 “Maybe I’m biased because Rachel Graf Evans was my 2017/2018 Dramatists Guild Atlanta Young Ambassador… but COME ON, she also wrote a smart and very funny play about Pheromone Parties that rocked the house at Working Title Playwrights, and another very poignant one about Greek bad girl Medusa’s difficult romantic life. And, now, with BUILT TO FLOAT, she’s setting an “emotional déjà vu with a complete stranger” in the middle of America’s very real Opioid Crisis.

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