By Howard Pousner
Essential Theatre’s 12th annual Play Festival, kicking off July 7 at Actor’s Express, will offer 12 rush tickets to each performance for $12 each, offered 12 minutes before curtain time.
If this “12X12X12X12” campaign sounds a little dozen obsessed, consider that the troupe dedicated to staging new plays is also seeking individual donations of $12 each.
Here’s the lineup, compliments of Essential’s Web site (www.essentialtheatre.com):
Qualities of Starlight
by Gabriel Jason Dean, directed by Peter Hardy
The World Premiere of a twisted family comedy about a successful young astronomer who brings his wife home to the north Georgia mountains and the simple country household in which he grew up. And where his parents are now addicted to crystal meth. Winner of the 2010 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award.
Adult language and onstage drug use.
Darker Face of the Earth
by Rita Dove, directed by Betty Hart
The Georgia Premiere of a stunning tragic drama by a Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American poet (and former Poet Laureate of the United States). The classic story of Oedipus is re-imagined on a slave plantation in the American South.
Adult situations, with some violence.
Sally and Glen at the Palace
by Peter Hardy, directed by Ellen McQueen
The Georgia Premiere of a comic drama about the growing friendship between two very different college students working together in the lobby of a 1970s movie theatre in a southern university town. Winner of a New Southern Theatre Festival Playwriting Award.