Freddie Ashley on Actor’s Express
Actor’s Express is thrilled to bring the One-Minute Play Festival to Atlanta for the very first time! We are anxiously awaiting the festival’s arrival.
AE is one of the most dynamic theatre companies in the Southeast. Founded in 1988, our mission is to challenge and reflect contemporary human experiences in an inclusive environment. We believe that theatre should jumpstart individual transformations and that the live experience of theatre is a shared adventure. Those individual experiences will lead to larger conversations and we produce work that will appeal to our audiences’ hearts while also exploring the rugged terrain of big ideas.
We have always maintained a commitment to new work and we place special emphasis on nurturing emerging artists. Our new play development program, Turner Voices In the Works, focuses primarily on emerging writers. And our professional development program offers a rigorous, immersive experience for young actors, directors, stage managers, dramaturgs and technicians.
We are members of the National New Play Network and have produced many world premieres since our founding. Plays that premiered or were developed at Actor’s Express have gone on to productions around the country at such companies as the Roundabout, Magic Theatre, MCC, Lookingglass, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and many others. We pride ourselves on being a theatre that creates an environment in which artists are empowered to do their best work.
Our share of the proceeds from our participation in OMPF will go to support our Turner Voices In the Works program, which consists of a reading series, world premiere production and a commission. Next season’s reading series is not yet set, but this season’s series featured work from playwrights Steve Yockey, Meridith Friedman and Johnny Drago. While not finalized, the series will include 3-4 readings. Next season, AE will also produce the World Premiere of Steve Yockey’s play Wolves. We will also commission one playwright to write a play to be presented by our intern company at the end of next season.
The Atlanta theatre community is a very new play-savvy scene. World premiere productions of new plays and musicals happen here routinely. Audiences have come to appreciate and understand the value of new work. And we are awash in writers with real skill and aesthetic ambition, as well as actors and directors who understand how to collaborate on the creation of new work. That said, Atlanta is a community that still faces many challenges in terms of widespread support for the arts. So any kind of festival that can shine a light on the value of new work and artist collaboration is a great beacon in sometimes choppy waters.
Everyone at the Express believes in a spirit of community. For our audiences, we want to be more than a building where folks come see a show a few times a year. For artists, we want to be more than a company in town that can give them a gig. We strive every day to be a part of people’s lives in a very real way. I think that’s one of the things that most appealed to me when Dominic D’Andrea and I first started discussing the One-Minute Play Festival coming here in the first place. This festival brings writers, actors and audiences together in a unique event that is mutually celebratory. There is huge capacity for community-building and community-serving in this festival and we are super stoked to be a part of it.
The First Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival in partnership with Actor’s Express will take place Sunday June 10th and Monday June 11th at 8PM. Tickets are $20 and availablehere. The Monday June 10th Performance will be livestreamed on New Play TV.