Essential Theatre has announced the line-up of its 13th repertory festival of new plays, to be produced this summer. Atlanta actor Theroun D'Arcy Patterson won the 2011 Georgia Playwriting Award for his script A Thousand Circlets. Artistic director Peter Hardy says, "It came as a delightful surprise to us when we learned that two of the playwrights we had chosen to produce were married to each other! Really — we had no idea."
A SLEEPING COUNTRY by Melanie Marnich
Regional Premiere, to be directed by Peter Hardy
Winner of the 2008 Mickey Kaplan Play Prize, it’s a magical 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" (and wife of Lee Blessing).
GREAT FALLS by Lee Blessing
Georgia Premiere, to be 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 (and husband of Melanie Marnich).
A THOUSAND CIRCLETS by Theroun D’Arcy Patterson
World Premiere, to be 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.
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