essentiallogoThe Essential Theatre Play Festival will have a new format and a new home this summer, its 16th season.

In recent years, the festival has featured Georgia playwrights. It still will, but in different ways. Two shows, instead of the usual three, will get fully staged world premiere productions. As previously announced, they are That Uganda Play by Theroun D’arcy Patterson and Ravens and Seagulls by Karla Jennings, who are both Atlanta-based

One reason for the changes, says artistic director Peter Hardy, is to increase the number of performances for each, with the goal of making them eligible for Suzi Bass awards, the annual honors given to professional theater in metro Atlanta.

Secondly, it allows the festival to feature six readings of new plays (versus three) in its Bare Essentials series.

The 2014 festival will run July 18-Aug. 17 at the West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. (off I-20 and 10 minutes from Little Five Points). Details, tickets HERE or at 404.212.0815.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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