The eighth annual festival featuring readings of new works will take place Oct. 23-30 at the company's Connecticut home and other venues. Other events part of the festivities include a discussion with selected playwrights and an evening of short plays by the winners of the 6th annual teenage playwriting competition "Write On!" The centerpiece will be "Words on Fire: An African-American Legacy Project," a series of short works written specifically for the festival by noted African-American playwrights including Zakiyyah Alexander, Carlyle Brown, Cheryl Davis, Marcus Gardley and Robert O'Hara as directed by Liesl Tommy and Hana Sharif.
The schedule (subject to change) is as follows:
Oct. 30 - 7:30 PM Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner by Alfaro - dir. Lisa Peterson Readings will be held at Hartford Stage's Rehearsal Studios at 942 Main Street or on the theatre's MainStage at 50 Church Street (The Great Osram will be read at the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum at 600 Main Street). Admission to individual readings is $5 (Prozak and the Platypus is $15 and offered on a general seating/ first come, first served basis. For reservations or more information, call the Hartford Stage Box Office at (860) 527-5151 or visit www.hartfordstage.org.