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New plays for free

Everyone loves a bargain, so how's this, new play lover:  Next week, you can see five plays at two Miami theaters and pay absolutely nothing.

Lela_elam At New Theatre in Coral Gables, Lela Elam (shown at left in her most recent gig there,the world premiere of Lauren Feldman's Fill Our Mouths) joins Clint Hooper, Joel Kolker, Don Striano and Patrick Manley in reading Christopher Demos-Brown's Our Lady of Allapattah.  The play, about a detective, a con man and an image of the Virgin Mary, gets a staged reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.

From March 6 to March 8 at 8 p.m., Florida International University presents a festival of student-written plays.  The pieces are Not Alone by Amy Gonzalez, Slippery Rock, Pa. by Denisse Schwartz, The State of Our Union by B.J. Duncan andTitles by Teresa Ronquillo.  The program happens at FIU's University Park campus in DM 150.