Four Plays In Progress Get Readings Sunday In Miami

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Playwrights Vanessa Garcia, Edward Excaliber, Susan Westfall and Andie Arthur talk about their plays in progress.

By Patti Roth

Fresh plays by four South Florida playwrights are showcased in a staged-reading format at a free event entitled “From Scratch” on Sunday in Miami.

The staged readings, typically performed on an empty stage by actors with scripts in their hands, provide playwrights valuable feedback on new work. The performances also offer the public an opportunity to be among the initial spectators of original pieces well before they are produced, and enhanced with of props, lighting and sets.

The plays were written by participants in the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program, which is administered by the South Florida Theatre League.

The readings are slated to be held from noon to 9 p.m. at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Avenue, Miami. For more information, call (305) 235-1668.

The schedule is:

Noon, The Secret of the Biological Clock, by  Andie Arthur
Sixteen-year-old Jasmine has been kicked out of 17 foster homes in search of her real father. Will she be able to convince her hero, former intrepid teen detective Eleanor Dawson to take the case?

2 p.m., Flashing Lights by Edward G. Excaliber
Linda’s marriage is falling apart, her sleeping patterns are non-existent; and most importantly, she cannot stop eating.

5 p.m., Two Weekends by Susan Westfall
Over the course of two weekends, and a lifetime, change upends old friends, including the arrival of the new neighbor lady.

7 p.m., The Cuban Spring by Vanessa Garcia
Siomara Gonzalez is smack in the middle of an identity crisis. Can she, her marriage, and her first born survive the ordeal?

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