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Mysterious Connections

The 15th Annual Essential Theatre Play Festival opens tonight, July 12, presenting a repertory of three new plays by Georgia writers. The festival is taking place at Actor’s Express in the King Plow Art Center through Aug. 11. The plays include:

Mysterious Connections by Peter Hardy
Isobel and Pamela are two lonely women that are instantly drawn to one another from the first time they meet — they soon become so close that Isobel is able to enter into Pamela’s dreams, which leads the two of them into a journey through their own haunted pasts. The world premiere of a fantasy-drama about love, nightmares and moving from darkness into light, this play was one of a few chosen for development at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights’ Conference. (Advisory: Sexual situations and disturbing imagery.)

Stray Dogs by Matthew Myers
A comedy-romance about cops and criminals – sort of like Quentin Tarantino except a whole lot sweeter. This is the world premiere of the play that won the 2013 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award. (Advisory: Rough language and onstage violence.)

Swimming With Jellyfish by Katie Grant Shalin
The professional world premiere of a play that takes a moving and funny look at that classic American institution, the family – a mother and father trying to heal themselves and move past old wounds and disappointments, while their two almost-grown children are facing the prospect of moving out on their own.

For more information, visit essentialtheatre.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.