“4 Days. 4 ATL Playwrights. 4 New Works.”
Theatrical Outfit will stream The Graham Martin Unexpected Play Festival 2022 – a four-part series of digital readings of brand-new plays by Atlanta playwrights in partnership with Working Title Playwrights, February 20-23, 2022. And the best part — it’s all free.
Over four nights, local playwrights will come together to share new stories with Atlanta audiences. The performances will also feature a facilitated discussion led by Amber Bradshaw from Working Title Playwrights to let the audience give the writers immediate feedback after each performance.
In the Words of the Theatre
“Atlanta has the diversity and talent to become a major incubator for the development of new work in the nation. It is our hope that the evolution of The Graham Martin Unexpected Play Festival, in conjunction with development of our Made in Atlanta programming, will become central components to this incubation process.”-Theatrical Outfit Associate Artistic Director, Addae Moon
The Unexpected Plays
A Most American Town
by Lee Osorio
February 20, 2022 at 7pm – DIGITALLY
How much of an activist are you? After receiving this text message from his immigration attorney brother, a writer finds himself haunted by a very persistent and troubling ghost. Before long, the writer finds himself on a journey back to his hometown of Lumpkin, Georgia… now the home of Stewart County Immigration Detention Center. As he talks to those trapped in the prison – both literally and figuratively – the ghost makes a simple but incredibly hard request – SEE.
by Keena Redding
February 21, 2022 at 7pm – DIGITALLY
Can a friendship survive intense political disagreement? Buddhists Robin and Kristen are long-time friends. Together they navigate critical issues, including parenting, IVF, and the forever hard topic – politics. This sharp satire asks some hard questions about the most recent election cycle, and how its impact reverberates into all corners of our lives.
by Sharon Mathis
February 22, 2022 at 7pm – DIGITALLY
How far will you go to protect something you love? In a hidden forest where extraordinary spiders are threatened by logging, a determined ecologist, and a mystical spider keeper clash over how to save them. When a young slam poet hunting for refuge shows up, each decides the newcomer is key to her own plans. This contemporary fable explores the depth of our relationship to nature and gets to the heart of what we stand to lose as we face the disruption of climate change and rampant capitalism.
A Complicated Hope
by John Mabey
February 23, 2022 at 7pm – DIGITALLY
How do you define family? When Michael passes, his wife, Marie, and daughter, Rose Marie, are shocked when his boyfriend shows up at the funeral, asking to grieve with the family. Mirroring the erratic path of grief itself, A Complicated Hope flashes between the moments in time that changed them all as they wrestle with Michael’s legacy, and try to find their way towards healing.
Tickets are free, but advance booking is encouraged. Visit www.theatricaloutfit.org or call 678-528-1500 for more information and to reserve tickets.