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Actor’s Express’ Threshold New Play Festival gets an unfortunate new adjective this year: virtual. The three-night, four-play reading series begins at 7 p.m. Sunday (May 24) and continues on successive Sunday nights. Threshold readings usually feature emerging voices and some of Atlanta’s best talent. This year’s actors come from the theater’s apprentice company.

The virtual readings are free but registration is required so you can receive a Zoom link by email on the day of the performance. The plays may contain adult language and situations.

Artistic director Freddie Ashley characterizes all four plays as dramas but says they do have elements of humor. The lineup:

Margaret Baldwin

Playwright Margaret Baldwin takes on Chekhov.

SUNDAY, MAY 24. Subtext by New York-based actor-playwright Reagan Gwen Seiler. Plot: Two friends tentatively explore whether their friendship might be a bit more than they realized.

SUNDAY, MAY 24. Play On It (following Subtext) by Georgia-based playwright Luke Evans. Plot: A young writer on the brink of success must deal with family and religious tensions in his small northwest Georgia hometown.

SUNDAY, MAY 31. Wet Nurse and In the Twilight by award-winning Atlanta playwright Margaret Baldwin (Night Blooms, Her Little House, Alice Through the Looking Glass). This new piece is a bill of short plays that echo with Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters and many of the great playwright’s short stories. “Chekhov and [Tennessee] Williams,” Baldwin says on her website, “elevate the family story to its proper place.”

SUNDAY, JUNE 7. This Is About You by oft-produced Los Angeles-based playwright Edith Freni. (You may know her name from her playwriting residency at Serenbe Playhouse.) The plot: A marine biologist navigates the messy details of her life, including her pushy coworkers, her platonic male roommate and a dolphin with whom she has an intense relationship.


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