Georgia Playwright

Slaying Holofernes

World premiere opens Friday, July 26, 2019

This passionate and provocative drama spans four centuries as it tells the tales of two remarkable young women:  Amanda, struggling for justice and recognition in the offices of modern-day Atlanta, and the amazing true story of Artemesia Gentileschi, a painter in Renaissance Italy who took her rapist to trial.  A powerful look at how much some things have changed in 400 years – while others haven’t changed at all.

Advisory: There is a sexual assault in the play. There is a scene of intense physical pain.

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Babyshower for the Antichrist

by Ben Thorpe, directed by Shannon Eubanks.
World premiere opens Friday, August 2, 2019.

A horror comedy about a small group of incompetent devil-worshippers who are preparing for the birth of the Dark Lord when an newcomer arrives, thinking she’s been invited to an old friend’s baby shower.  Girl talk and plans for the “Hell Feast” lead to secrets coming out and a struggle for power, with surprising results.  Plus, there’s a talking goat … so that’s pretty cool.

 

Advisory: This play contains moments of blood and violence.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Aug 1 – Preview (8pm)

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Bare Essentials Play Reading Series

 

Thanks to support from Georgia Humanities, all readings in the Bare Essentials series are free and open to the public. Be sure to stay after for exciting conversation with the director, cast and playwright!

Curated by Essential’s Founding Artistic Director, Peter Hardy. Peter is a national award-winning playwright himself, who’s had over 30 productions of his work done around the country, and was named Creative Loafing’s Critic’s Pick for Best Local Playwright in 2010.

Aug. 3 (2pm) – DAY OF SATURN by Leviticus Jelks III, directed by Najah Ali

The owner of a hardware store in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta struggle with conflicting emotions about the son he lost,

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Sally and Glen at the Palace

A comic drama about the growing friendship between two very different college students working together in the lobby of a 1970s movie theatre in a southern university town. Written by artistic director Peter Hardy. Winner of a New Southern Theatre Festival Playwriting Award.

“One of the year’s best shows” -Sunday Paper & Atlanta Theatre Buzz

“Best Atlanta Playwright” -Creative Loafing

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A Thousand Circlets

A classic new American drama which tells the story of a prominent African-American family that has reached the pinnacle of their professional success, poised to achieve their greatest triumph – only to face the threat of having it all torn down by the illness of the father and the passions of the past. Winner of the 2011 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award.

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