Essential Theatre

2011 The Essential Theatre Festival Opens Today

Festival Opening Wine Reception Thurs. June 30
A Sleeping Country Talkback with Sleep Expert Michael Rinow MD
A Sleeping Country Slumber Party: July 9

A Sleeping Country OPENS TODAY
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

A Sleeping Country Talkback with Sleep Expert Michael Rinow MD: July 1 Dr, Rinow answers your questions during a brief dicussion follwoing the performance
A Sleeping Country Slumber Party: July 9. Wear your pajamas and get free cookies and milk. And, your ticket is free.
A Thousand Circlets
by Theron D’Arcy Patterson, directed by Betty Hart
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 1 Learn about resources available to Atlanta families

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. WARNING ADULT SITUATIONS & LANGUAGE  FOR MORE INFO

Date & Time
June 30th ~ July 31, 2011

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

General Admission Online ~ $18-$23 Advance online purchase saves $2; Previews $10 and a limited number of rush tickets may be available each night for $13. or call 866-811-4111 GROUP SALES: 404-561-2229
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About Essential Theatre

The Essential Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3 professional, theatre company is dedicated to nurturing new work by Georgia playwrights and giving Atlanta audiences the opportunity to enjoy exciting world and regional premieres.