Bare Essentials Play Reading Series

 Working Title Playwrights and the Essential Theatre
are proud to present
the 2017 Bare Essentials Reading Series
All readings are free and open to the public.
Playwrights whose work is featured in a Festival Bare Essentials reading also receive a complimentary one-year membership to Working Title Playwrights.
Be sure to stay after for exciting conversation with the director, cast and playwright, moderated by WTP Managing Artistic Director Amber Bradshaw. 


Wednesday, August 9th, 7:30pm at the West End Performing Arts Center
by Paul Donnelly
Directed by Carolyn Cook
A Mormon swimmer,

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World Premiere: ANOTHER MOTHER

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By G. M. Lupo
Directed by Peter Hardy
ANOTHER MOTHER press kit with photos
World premiere opens August 4, 2017

Winner of the 2017 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, this play follows the journey of Genevieve as she pieces together the mysterious identities and relationships between her biological mother, her birth mother and the mother who raised her.
Meet the Playwright:
an interview with G.M. Lupo

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[soliloquy id=”3060″]By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Ellen McQueen
ADA AND THE MEMORY ENGINE press kit with photos

Regional premiere opened July 28, 2017.

One of the latest plays penned by our very first Essential Theatre Playwriting Award Winner and the Most Produced Living Playwright in America in 2016, Lauren Gunderson, this play is about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Described by the Huffington Post as “a rare and special artistic achievement,” this delightful play gives you plenty to think about whether you’re a poet, a programmer, a history buff, a technophile or a hopeless romantic.

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