Speakeysie News Desk — July 14, 2019
Atlanta, July 2019 – Essential Theatre is presenting its 21st Festival with the world premieres of three plays and four staged reading all by Georgia playwrights. Opening the festival this year is “Slaying Holofernes”, by Emily McClain, directed by Peter Hardy, on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 8pm at the West End Performing Arts Center.
McClain’s “Slaying Holofernes” blends and blurs the worlds of past/present, fact/fiction, and personal/political as it explores two women’s parallel quests for justice in an imperfect world. A young female painter struggles to gain recognition for her work within the male-dominated art world of Renaissance Italy. Meanwhile, in the contemporary United States, a young career woman encounters her own version of the same challenges as she fights for recognition in the workplace.
The Festival features all local talent, working to serve and contribute to the Atlanta arts scene.
July 25 – Preview (8pm)
July 26 – Opening (8pm)
July 27 – Neighborhood Night (8pm, meet and greet with playwright Emily McClain)
Aug. 3 – 8pm
Aug. 4 – 2pm
Aug. 9 – 8pm
Aug. 11 – 7pm
Aug. 13 – 8pm Industry Night
Aug. 18 – 2pm
Aug. 19 – 8pm Industry Night
Aug. 22 – 10am matinee*
Aug. 24 – 8pm Closing Night
Sasha Hatfield as Artemesia Gentileschi
Erika Miranda as Amanda
Fred Galyean as Agostino Tassi
Brad Brooks as Orazio and Oscar
Jeff Hathcoat as Anthony and Coppino
Sarah Wallace as Tuzia and Tonya
Tamil Periasamy as Stiatessi and Greg
Joey Davila as Penatelli and Lucas
Dan Reichard as the Judge
Jim Nelson as the Notary
Playwright: Emily McClain
Director: Peter Hardy
Assistant Director: Natalie Fox
Dramaturg: Maggie Higgenbothem
Stage Manager: Kyra Cohen
Scenic Designer: Gabrielle S. Stephenson
Lighting Designer: Harley Gould
Lighting Intern: Maliya McCall
Sound Designer: Kacie Willis
Costume Designer: Jane Kroessig
Assistant Costume Designer: Amie Kroessig
Propsmaster: Courtney Loner
Intimacy Coach: Ash Anderson
Fight Director: Kristin Storla
The West End Performing Arts Center is located at 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA, 30310. Festival Passes are on sale now! Visit essentialtheatre.tix.com or call 404-212-0815.
Now in its 21st year, the Essential Theatre Playwriting Competition is the only contest exclusively dedicated to the work of Georgia playwrights. The winning play receives both a full production and a $600 cash prize. Playwrights must be current Georgia residents, and the plays must be previously unproduced. There are no restrictions as to style, length or subject matter. For more information or to submit your play, visit EssentialTheatre.com/Playwriting-Competition.
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