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Atlanta Playwrights Prove ‘Essential’ To Theatre Festival

Karen Wurl's ''Dispossessed'' is one of the winners of Essential's playwriting competition.
Karen Wurl's ''Dispossessed'' is one of the winners of Essential's playwriting competition.
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Atlanta has an active and diverse theater community, not only of actors and directors, but writers as well. And one event has exemplified this for almost two decades: The Essential Theatre Play Festival.

Begun in 1999 by artistic director Peter Hardy, the festival has presented new work from now-established talents Theroun Patterson, Lauren Gunderson, Topher Payne and many more.

This year’s program includes five new works, including full productions for the winners of Essential’s playwriting competition. This year those shows are “When Things Are Lost” by first-time playwright Derek Dixon and “Dispossessed” by returning winner Karen Wurl.

The Essential Theatre Play Festival takes place from July 29 through Aug. 28 at the West End Performing Art Center.