One of the milestones in the developmental life of a new play -- a high-profile staged reading -- happens Sunday for the four playwrights in Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs' Playwright Development Program. Four writers mentored by award-winning playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer will hear their works read at the From Scratch festival at the Deering Estate at Cutler -- and you can take it all in for free.
First up at noon is Andie Arthur's The Secret of the Biological Clock, a piece recommended for teen audiences. It centers on 16-year-old Jasmine, a girl determined to find her real dad with the help of a teen detective.
Flashing LIghts, a play by Edward G. Excalibur, is next up at 2 p.m. That one is about a woman whose marriage is falling apart as she battles insomnia and binge eating. Adult language is part of this play and the next two.
Susan Westfall's Two Weekends, which will be read at 5 p.m., is about change that affects old friends "confronted by love, loss and the arrival of the new neighbor lady."
The historic Deering Estate at Cutler is at 16701 SW 72nd Ave. in Miami. For more information, call 305-235-1668, ext. 233, or visit the facility's web site.
(Photos show Deborah Zoe Laufer, top, and Vanessa Garcia)