THE UNEXPECTED PLAY FESTIVAL

JANUARY 7, 14, 21, 28 2021 at 7PM

TO is excited to announce The Graham Martin UNEXPECTED PLAY FESTIVAL 2021 – a four-part series of digital readings of brand new plays by Atlanta playwrights in partnership with Working Title Playwrights. To enable access to our whole community, all four of these readings are free of charge, but a VIP package can be added. Tickets to these one night only events are available in advance, and booking is strongly encouraged!

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Well-Intentioned White People
by Imani Vaughn-Jones
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7pm (VIP Pre-Show at 6:30pm)
Nia, a Black aspiring writer, and Topher, a white aspiring actor, work to find a way to navigate daily microviolence and the entertainment industry while trying to keep their marriage intact. Ripped directly from the headlines of 2020, Well-Intentioned White People explores police brutality, allyship, Blackness, and the inherent violence of whiteness.
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Memorial Day
by Paul Donnelly
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7pm (VIP Pre-Show at 6:30pm)
In 1992, a group of gay friends gather to celebrate life and escape the growing AIDS crisis; however, this proves hard for George who is a doctor working on the front lines of the pandemic. Memorial Day is a tender and beautiful play that takes a different look at the AIDS crisis and the resilience of its survivors.
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Raising The Dead
by Erin K. Considine
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7pm (VIP Pre-Show at 6:30pm)
Harlowe and Myra are life long friends and neighbors until one of them makes the choice to leave: Permanently. Raising the Dead is a fresh new work that explores the power of loss, love, and strong female friendship.
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Pearl
by Sonhara Eastman
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7pm (VIP Pre-Show at 6:30pm)
When a biracial woman is thrown into a battle to save her late mother’s land, she is forced to interact with the father she’s never met. Pearl is a timely new play that explores the power of legacy in an America that is stacked against race and sex.

TICKETS

All four of these readings are free of charge. Tickets to these one night only events are available in advance, and booking is strongly encouraged! Want to upgrade your experience? Purchase a UNEXPECTED PLAY FESTIVAL VIP PACKAGE that gains you access to an exclusive pre show conversation with Artistic Director Matt Torney.

PLAYWRIGHTS

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Erin K Considine

Raising The Dead

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Paul Donnelly

Memorial Day

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Sonhara Eastma

Pearl

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Imani Vaughn-Jones

Well-Intentioned White People

CAST MEMBERS

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Lauren Boyd

Myra in Raising The Dead

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Burke Brown

Player One in Well-Intentioned White People

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Kaja Dunn

Pearl Pulley in Pearl

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Jonathan Fuller *

Jonny Waters in Pearl

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Markelle Gay

Charles Pulley in Pearl

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Terry Guest

Terrence “Evelyn” O’Brien in Memorial Day

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Christopher Hampton

William Thomas in Pearl

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Asia Howard *

Lucie Mae Pulley in Pearl

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Antonia LaChe

Nia in Well-Intentioned White People

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Lee Osorio *

George Harris in Memorial Day

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Tiffany Porter

Player Two in Well-Intentioned White People

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Brad Raymond *

Player Three in Well-Intentioned White People

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David Rossetti *

Martin Kiernan in Memorial Day

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Mia Kristin Smith *

Harlowe in Raising The Dead

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Ben Thorpe *

Nate Goldman in Memorial Day

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India Tyree

Dottie Banks in Pearl

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Robert Wayne

George “Scooter” Harris in Memorial Day

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Markell Williams

Joe Morrisey in Memorial Day

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Minka Wiltz *

Margaret Haskins in Pearl

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

DIRECTORS

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David Crowe

Memorial Day

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Jamil Jude

Pearl

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Lauren Morris

Raising The Dead

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Ibi Owolabi

Well-Intentioned White People

DRAMATURGS

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Jordan Ealey

Well-Intentioned White People

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Adrien-Alice Aansel

Memorial Day

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Addae Moon

Pearl

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Rebekah Suellau

Raising The Dead

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