New Drama A Thousand Circlets, Part of the 2011 Essential Theatre Plays Festival
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In one of the latest works by Pulitzer Prize-winning David Mamet (American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross), two attorneys are charged with defending a white man accused of raping an African-American woman. In the face of unraveling evidence, the lawyers' own uncomfortable beliefs about race rise to the surface. Director John Dillon tackles Mamet's rat-a-tat language and sharp jabs in this confrontational comedy that skewers modern-day "polite" society. Race premiered on Broadway in 2009 starring James Spader and David Alan Grier. 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.