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Andie Arthur How's this for a deal?  Spend Sunday at the beautiful Deering Estate at Cutler in Palmetto Bay and be among the first to hear readings of three new plays -- for free.  Sounds grand to me.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs has a Playwright Development Program in which selected writers work with a master playwright to develop new scripts.  At Sunday's event, scripts that Christopher Demos-Brown, Andie Arthur and Headshot.2 Michael Yawney have been developing under the guidance of playwright Kenny Finkle will get a public reading so that the authors get a sense of what works, what doesn't and what might make the plays even better.

Demos-Brown's piece, Wrongful Death, is about a jaded personal injury lawyer who "fights for the case of her life in a play that examines the weird ways the American civil justice system values human life."  Arthur's Outcasts of Eden is described this way:  "In 1637, Mary Dyer has left the only home she has ever known to come to a New Eden in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where she befriends and follows outlaw preacher Anne Hutchinson.  As Hutchinson's preaching tears the colony apart, will Mary follow her heart or her community?"  Yawney's It Feels Good is about an underaged guy who learns at a club about the difference between feeling good and being good.

_V8L0088_3 Wrongful Death gets read at 11 a.m., Outcasts of Eden at 2 p.m. and It Feels Good at 5 p.m. The Deering Estate is at 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay.  For information, call 305-235-1668, ext. 233, or visit the Deering web site.

(Pictured from top: Andie Arthur, Christopher Demos-Brown, Michael Yawney)