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DEL SHORES FOUNDATION WRITERS FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 23-25, 2024 Atlanta, GA

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the second

DEL SHORES FOUNDATION

WRITERS FESTIVAL

will take place February 23-25, 2024

Atlanta, GA at Out Front Theatre Company

THREE STAGE READINGS of the Writers Search Winning Scripts.
THREE PANELS with experts in Theatre & Film.
Southern Baptist Sissies screening featuring Stars from the film.
One-On-One with Jack Heifner of Vanities.
ONE GREAT WEEKEND CELEBRATING LGBTQ+ WRITERS!

We are THRILLED to announce our second DEL SHORES FOUNDATION WRITERS FESTIVAL! It's halfway between a writers convention and a film festival, with the best parts of both, all focused specifically on the writers from our Writers Search, the winning scripts and the craft and process of writing for theatre and film.

We are presenting stage readings of ALL THREE winning scripts from the Writers Search featuring local actors. We will have panels featuring industry experts in theatre and film, a special screening of Del Shores film Southern Baptist Sissies with stars EMERSON COLLINS, DALE DICKEY, BOBBIE EAKES & ANN WALKER and an opening night "One-On-One with Jack Heifner" as Del Shores interviews the award-winning playwright of one of the longest running Off-Broadway plays, VANITIES.

We are bringing in all of the available finalists from the Writers Search to be a part of the weekend, to celebrate these incredible new LGBTQ+ voices. Writing is the focus of the weekend, but whether you are a writer or just a lover of great writing - JOIN US!

ALL READINGS AND PANELS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!

Registration IS required for each reading and panel separately. If you want to attend them all, register for them all!  There are suggested donations for each registration, if you can contribute to support the festival and our work, please do! But we don't want cost to be a barrier to anyone attending the festival!

ALL EVENTS will take place at our theatre partner OUT FRONT THEATRE COMPANY.

999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

PARKING: Valet parking is available for $5. There is also street parking available. On Sundays, all street parking, including our parking lot, is free of charge. We strongly encourage public transportation or ride share.

**CLICK BUTTON TO REGISTER FOR FREE ATTENDANCE**

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"Smoke Breaks"

OPENING NIGHT!

A two-part evening centered around a stage reading of the Del Shores Foundation Writers Search Short Film Award winner Smoke Breaks by WILLIAM METTLACH.

The evening closes with "One-On-One with with Jack Heifner" a fun and free-wheeling interview with the acclaimed playwright of the long-running off-Broadway smash hit Vanities.

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SMOKE BREAKS reading starring

LIAM GARDNER, JASON JAMAL LIGON,

SHELBY McCALL, LISA BOYD & ISAAC BREIDING

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, PANELS

We have THREE daytime panels with a range of topics related to writing and working to get it made featuring experienced professionals in theatre and film! All panels include a Q&A at the end. **All panels are Free, but you must register through the links below to attend. If you want to attend all three, register through each link.  We will have breaks between each panel and a one hour break between the final panel and the 3PM Play reading!  Guests subject to change.

**CLICK EACH TITLE LINK TO REGISTER FOR FREE ATTENDANCE**

10AM - BRINGING YOUR STORY TO LIFE

A panel on finding your story, the right medium for it and what to do when your story meets the real world of film production and coming to life on the stage! Moderated by DEL SHORES

with playwrights JACK HEIFNER & TOPHER PAYNE and screenwriter AVA DAVIS

11:30AM - MAKING IT HAPPEN YOURSELF

A panel of writers who have produced their own work in short film, film and theatre sharing their experiences of making it happen on their own! Moderated by EMERSON COLLINS

with screenwriters MAT HAYES & AVA DAVIS and playwrights LESLIE KIMBELL & KAYLA PARKER

1PM - MEET THE PRODUCERS

Meet Producers from our Del Shores Foundation Theatre Partners, Film Festivals and Atlanta companies as they share how they choose the work they produce. Moderated by DEL SHORES & EMERSON COLLINS

with Artistic Directors FREDDIE ASHLEY, PAUL CONROY & JUDE JAMIL, associate producer KAYLA PARKER

and Out On Film Festival Director JIM FARMER

WEEKEND SPECIAL GUESTS & PANELISTS INCLUDE:

Playwrights Del Shores, Topher PayneLeslie Kimbell, Kayla Parker and Jack Heifner

Screenwriters Chad Darnell, Ava DavisMat Hayes, and Jeffrey Reddick

Producers Emerson CollinsFreddie Ashley, Paul Conroy, Jim Farmer and Jude Jamil

Actors Dale Dickey, Bobbie Eakes and Ann Walker

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**CLICK BUTTON TO REGISTER FOR FREE ATTENDANCE**

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"A Third Way"

SATURDAY AFTERNOON, 3PM!

A stage reading of the Del Shores Foundation Writers Search Play Award winner A Third Way by LEE OSORIO.

Presented in association with Actors Express, Artistic Director Freddie Ashley. Actors Express will present the WORLD PREMIERE production of A Third Way, directed by Lauren Morris, with the support of our Play Production Grant, in honor of Leslie Jordan, running October 5-27, 2024. To purchase tickets to the world premiere production in Atlanta in October CLICK HERE. For the Stage Reading at our festival CLICK HERE.

A Third Way reading features the WORLD PREMIERE CAST

BRANDON LEE BROWNINGBRAIAN RIVERA JIMÉNEZ,

ERIKA MIRANDA IAN SAWAN with ALEJANDRA RUIZ

Directed by LAUREN MORRIS

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**CLICK BUTTON TO REGISTER FOR FREE ATTENDANCE**

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SATURDAY EVENING

We are presenting a special screening of Del Shores' film of the play SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES. The film was entirely crowd-funded and shot as hybrid piece of theatre/film to allow it to be made at all.

Q&A After with DEL SHORES

producer and star EMERSON COLLINS

and stars DALE DICKEY, BOBBIE EAKES & ANN WALKER

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**CLICK BUTTON TO REGISTER FOR FREE ATTENDANCE**

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"Istanbul Crossing"

SUNDAY MATINEE CLOSING!

A stage reading of the Del Shores Foundation Writers Search Screenplay Award winner Istanbul Crossing by TIMOTHY JAY SMITH.

ISTANBUL CROSSING reading starring Ian Sawan, Manahar Kumar, Ahmad Ghafouri,

Laurie Shireen Sanii, Mohamad Khatib, Mona Amein, Sameer Vivek Mahtani,

Angel Fabián Rivera, Luisean Manrique, Nadia El-Tawansy, Lilly Heidari, Savio,

Donald Ome, Layah Shirazi

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