A new company called the Man Research Theatre Company (OK, that gets my vote for the most unusual South Florida theater company name) is kicking off a season of readings with Jeremiah Musgrove's Spellbound at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
What's the deal with Man Research? Artistic director Stephen Elliot Kaiser writes: "MRTC aims to produce new works that energize and involve our audience while challenging conventional notions of how theater is presented and perceived. We aim to nurture new voices and foster new works for the stage, producing progressive theater that is affordable and accessible to all. Our core philosophy is that all of mankind shares a common bond. We believe that exploring the nature of that bond has the power to breed empathy and good will."
After once-a-month readings of 12 new works, MRTC will choose one for a full production. The reading happens at the Luna Star Cafe, 775 NE 125th St., North Miami. A $5 donation is suggested. And if you're a playwright interested in getting your work heard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The company is inviting anyone with a scary story to show up at Flavour in the Grove, 2895 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove, at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (event begins at 9 p.m.). Sign up to tell your story -- maximum length is five minutes -- and listen as you drink $4 beers, $5 or $6 specialty drinks. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and the proceeds will help fund the company's upcoming production of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit (running Oct. 29-Nov. 21 at the Pelican Theatre on the Barry University campus, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores). Best story wins a pair of tickets to No Exit plus a Naked Stage T-shirt.
The way-busy company is also getting ready for the fourth edition of its 24-Hour Theatre Project, in which South Florida's best playwrights, actors and directors team up to create an evening of all-new short plays in just one day. That event happens Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Caldwell Theatre Company, 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, with tickets priced at $25.
For Naked Stage ticket info, call 1-866-811-4111 or visit the company's web site.
And just one more reading-related note: Conundrum Stages has canceled its planned Saturday reading of James Baldwin's Amen Corner. For info, e-mail email@example.com.