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. Premiering during the festival is “Baby Shower for the Antichrist”, by Ben Thorpe, directed by Shannon Eubanks, opening Friday, August 2, 2019 at 8pm at the West End Performing Arts Center.
In Thorpe’s “Baby Shower for the Antichrist”, it’s the night of the ‘Hell Feast’ and a small, isolated cult is prepping for the birth of the Antichrist. When an outsider is invited for the evening, secrets about the past come to light and threaten to ruin everything the group has built. Plus, there’s a talking goat… so that’s pretty cool.
Aug 1 – Preview (8pm)
Aug. 2 – Opening Night (8pm)
Aug. 4 – Neighborhood Night (7pm, meet and greet with playwright Ben Thorpe)
Aug. 5 – Industry Night (8pm)
Aug. 8 – 8pm
Aug. 10 – 8pm
Aug. 11 – 2pm
Aug. 17 – 8pm
Aug. 18 – 7pm
Aug. 20 – Industry Night (8pm)
Aug. 22 – 8pm
Aug. 23 – 10am matinee*
Aug. 23 – 8pm
Aug. 25 – Closing Performance (2pm)
Suzanne Roush as Reba
Gina Rickicki as Dee
Sarina Montgomery as Monica
Madison Welch as Julie
Taylor Bahin as Shelley
Playwright: Ben Thorpe
Director: Shannon Eubanks
Dramaturg: Maggie Higgenbothem
Stage Manager: Efrem Whitaker
Scenic Designer: Gabrielle S. Stephenson
Lighting Designer: Harley Gould
Lighting Intern: Maliya McCall
Sound Designer: Kacie Willis
Propsmaster: Kathy Manning
The Festival features all local talent, working to serve and contribute to the Atlanta arts scene.
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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Thanks for your coverage. We were looking for you to attend Sunday’s performance of SLAYING HOLOFERNES and were sorry not to see you there. — Peter Hardy, Essential Theatre