Essential Theatre Premier

2011 The Essential Theatre World Premiere
“A Thousand Circlets” by Theroun D’Arcy Patterson

A Thousand Circlets: opens Friday, July 15
A Thousand Circlets: Alzheimers Assn. Talkback July 17

A classic new American drama, which tells the story of a prominent African-American family that has reached the pinnacle of their professional success, poised to achieve their greatest triumph – only to face the threat of having it all torn down by the illness of the father and the passions of the past. Winner of the 2011 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, the only prize exclusively dedicated to the work of Georgia writers. FOR MORE INFO

Talkback with Alzheimers Association: July 17 Learn about resources available to Atlanta families
Working on “A Thousand Circlets” has been one of the most satisfying creative experiences I’ve had as a theatre artist.  The collaboration with Theroun Patterson, my talented playwright friend, the extraordinary design team, and this gifted and hard working cast has made this four week rehearsal process a joyous one.  You’ll get a chance to see the Leighton family coping with the challenges of Alzheimer’s and the day-to-day challenge of loving one another.  Our hope is that, by seeing this play, you will support Essential Theatre’s mission of giving new playwrights a chance to have their voices heard.  I believe this is just a start for Theroun and that years from now, you’ll be talking about the first Theroun Patterson play you saw. Betty Hart, director

Great Falls
by Lee Blessing, directed by Ellen McQueen
A girl and her step-father take a road trip, going on a journey that takes them across the map of America and deep into their own troubled hearts. By one of America’s best playwrights, author of Eleemosynary, A Walk In the Woods and Going To St. Ives. Directed by Ellen McQueen (Sally and Glen at the Palace and Ice Glen, two of the best-loved shows we’ve ever done).  There won’t be another performance of GREAT FALLS till July 16, so see it tonight!  Visit our website a and use the discount code “ATML” for 50% off Friday Night’s Performance.

Great Falls opening night audience speaks out:

“So enjoyed Great Falls last night. Ellen McQueen’s superb direction led two very talented, “new on the Atlanta scene” actors down the road to discovery. Thanks for the trip! Great work!
Paul Holly

“People! Go see GREAT FALLS and all the wonderful plays at Essential Theatre! GREAT FALLS is amazing! Ashleigh Hoppe rocked it!”
Bree Dawn Shannon

“Saw Great Falls tonight. Not to be missed. Great story great characters wonderful performances and as usual inspired directing. See it. “
Jayson Smith

“Congrats on the Great Falls emotional roller coaster, it’s an intense ride, the actors did a wonderful job and the directing and scene design really capture the glorious melancholy of vast spaces and journeys into the past.”
Karla Jennings

“Another incredibly strong performance of the Essential Theatre Festival.  Great Falls is a lovely play that is directed and performed beautifully. Kudos to Mr. Hardy and the entire production team and cast. The Essential Theatre Festival has become one of my favorite events of the summer. I can’t wait to see the rest of the plays!”
Amanda Cucher

A Sleeping Country
by Melanie Marnich, directed by Peter Hardy
Winner of the 2008 Mickey Kaplan Play Prize, it’s a romantic comedy about a woman who travels to Italy looking for help with her terrible insomnia. In trying to find a way to fall asleep, she learns how to become truly awake. By one of the award-winning writers of the TV series Big Love. WARNING EXCESSIVE LAUGHTER & STRONG LANUGAGE

WABE Interview with playwright Theroun D’Arcy Patterson and director, Betty Hart

Date & Time: June 30th ~ July 31, 2011

Essential Theatre @ Actors Express
887 W. Marietta St.
Atlanta, GA 30318


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