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Atlanta playwright’s loss led to world premiere ‘Ravens & Seagulls’


ravens-seagulls-websquareRavens & Seagulls, a world premiere, is the co-winner of the 2014 Essential Theatre Play Festival. The script, by Atlanta playwright Karla Jennings, is based on events in her life. It features three women who face their ailing sister’s final days in ways described as emotionally raw and painfully funny. The cast: Teresa DeBerry, Patricia French, Jill Perry, Gina Rickicki, Suzanne Roush, Samuel Traquina and Sarah Elizabeth Wallis. Performances are at 8 p.m. July 25-26 and Aug, 1, 4, 6, 9, 14-15; 7 p.m. Aug. 3; and 2 p.m. Aug. 10 & 17. West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. For more, see this ENCORE FEATURE.

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