New Drama A Thousand Circlets, Part of the 2011 Essential Theatre Plays Festival
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Maple and Vine finds a thoroughly modern couple opting to eschew 21st-century society to return to simpler times. Katha and Ryu, a successful but disaffected duo living in New York City, meet a charismatic man from a community of re-enactors who live as though it's now (and forever) 1955. Deciding to trade their cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties -- their wi-fi for hi-hi -- this couple soon discovers that it's not so easy to exist authentically in a world stunted by outdated gender, race and sexual attitudes. This well-reviewed comedy by Jordan Harrison offers a provocative look at what some people are willing to give up for a life of ignorant bliss. Learn More
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Written by Theroun D’Arcy Patterson
Directed by Betty Hart
The towering achievement of an African-American family is about to be shaken to its very foundation.
This powerful and emotional work falls into the classic tradition of the American family drama, telling the tale of an African-American clan trying to heal old wounds as they face new challenges – and just as they are poised to reach the pinnacle of their professional success, the father’s illness threatens to bring it all crashing down. The Essential Theatre Playwriting Award is the only competition of its kind, exclusively dedicated to the work of Georgia writers, and this will be the tenth year that it has been given out. As the 2011 winner, Theroun Patterson receives a cash prize of $600 and his play has been given a full production as part of the 2011 Essential Theatre Play Festival.
Patterson is an Atlanta-based playwright and actor. He has performed in over 30 professional productions, including Flaming Guns of The Purple Sage – Horizon Theatre, Trouble in Mind, Bel Canto, Burn This, The Last Sunday in June – Actor’s Express, Language of Angels, Voices Underwater, The Long Christmas Ride Home, 1:23 – Synchronicity Theatre, Day of Kings – Alliance Theatre, Six Degrees of Separation – Highland Repertory, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth – Georgia Shakespeare. He also was seen as Dr. Berry on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.