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Essential Theatre Play Festival, July 27-August 26

2018 July 21

BUILT TO FLOAT by Rachel Graf Evans
Directed by Peter Hardy
Is Tess “fine”?  She tells her sister she is, but why do strange things keep happening in her home?  A surrealistic family drama about two women trying not to drown in the legacy of their troubled past.
Featuring:  Rachel Wansker, Alex Van, Suzanne Roush, Heather Schroeder
“Rachel Graf Evans is another exciting American voice launching in Atlanta. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her work – she’s at the beginning of an amazing career.” —Celise Kalke, Artistic Programs Manager, Alliance Theatre

“Maybe I’m biased because Rachel Graf Evans was my 2017/2018 Dramatists Guild Atlanta Young Ambassador… but COME ON, she also wrote a smart and very funny play about Pheromone Parties that rocked the house at Working Title Playwrights, and another very poignant one about Greek bad girl Medusa’s difficult romantic life. And, now, with BUILT TO FLOAT, she’s setting an “emotional déjà vu with a complete stranger” in the middle of America’s very real Opioid Crisis. It’s got poignancy and humor and the warm intimacy of a family trying to re-make itself. So, hurry up. Go see it!” –Pamela Turner, Atlanta Regional Rep, Dramatists Guild of America
Performances: July 27 at 8 p.m., July 28 at 8 p.m., Aug. 4 at 8 p.m., Aug. 5 at 2 p.m., Aug. 10 at 8 p.m., Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., Aug. 13 at 8 p.m., Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., Aug. 20 at 8 p.m., Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.

WOKE by Avery Sharpe
Directed by Ellen McQueen
Two close friends from different backgrounds are trying to navigate the already rocky transition from high school to college, when a calamitous event captures national attention, forcing them to wrestle with their conflicting understandings of social awareness. Through family, romance, and their own friendship, they painstakingly and comically explore what it truly means to be woke.
Featuring:  Derrick Robertson, Paul Danner, DeShon Green, Karina Simmons, Kathleen Wattis Kettrey, Fred Gaylean
“ WOKE is a special piece of writing, and I hope this production will turn out to be the first of many.”–Freddie Ashley, Artistic Director, Actor’s Express
Performances: Aug. 3 at 8 p.m., Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., Aug. 6 at 8 p.m., Aug. 8 at 8 p.m., Aug. 9 at 8 p.m., Aug. 11 at 8 p.m., Aug. 12 at 2 p.m., Aug. 18 at 8 p.m., Aug. 19 at 2 p.m., Aug. 21 at 8 p.m., Aug. 23 at 8 p.m., Aug. 24 at 8 p.m., Aug. 26 at 2 p.m.

Written and performed by Tim McDonough
A dark, comic meditation on life and mortality, by one of Atlanta’s Shakespearean actors who has been named Best Actor by the Boston Theater Critics Circle and by Creative Loafing.
Performances: Aug. 16-17 at 8 p.m.

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