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Two readings, many plays

The week after Thanksgiving brings not just holiday shows but a pair of play-reading events showcasing the work of new and veteran playwrights.

Mark Della VenturaActor-playwrights Mark Della Ventura (in photo) and David Sirois have written a collection of short plays and monologues on topics ranging from baseball to funerals to the Miami-Dade County Police Department.  They'll be presented at a free reading at 8 p.m. Dec. 4-5 at the Women's Theatre Project, 505 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

Joining the two for An Evening of Free Staged Readings are fellow actors Lela Elam, Manny Garay, Katie Gemignani, David Hemphill, Ashley Olberding and Gladys Ramirez.  The performance space is small, so if you're interested, get there early.

Also next week, Conundrum Stages is doing its third free reading of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful. Dorothy Morrison, Andre Gainey, Carey Hart, Kenyatta Browne, Gary Simpson, Justin Mellender and Edward Max are in the cast, with Paula Sackett directing the play about an elderly woman who sets out to revisit her childhood home.

The event takes place at the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, 3403 Galt Ocean Dr., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-537-2877 for information.