Atlanta playwright G.M. Lupo’s Another Mother is the winner of the 2017 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, which includes a fully staged production this summer and a $600 prize.
Another Mother follows a woman named Genevieve as she tries to piece together the identities and relationships of the women who have mothered her. “It’s about unintended consequences,” Lupo says in an Essential statement, “and how our actions may affect others we know little or nothing about.” Essential artistic director Peter Hardy will direct.
Lupo, who goes by Matt, is an Atlanta-born author/playwright who grew up in West End, where Essential makes its home. His work has been seen at the Atlanta Fringe Festival, Out of Box Theatre and OnStage Atlanta. He’s a graduate of New York University’s creative writing program and Georgia State University, and is a member of Working Title Playwrights, an Atlanta-based membership organization that fosters new-play development.
The Essential competition, now in its 17th year, is the only contest dedicated to producing work by Georgia playwrights. The list of previous winners includes Decatur-born, San Francisco-based Laura Gunderson; New York-based Gabriel Jason Dean; and Georgia/Atlanta playwrights Valetta Anderson, Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee, Vynnie Meli, Matthew Myers, Theroun d’Arcy Patterson and Topher Payne.