Staged readings are easier on the soul and the wallet than full-length plays, especially in a town that lacks cheap and frequent fringe performances. You already know they are not fully blocked or memorized, so there is less pressure to have a really good time or at least justify spending $75 for a ticket. You also become part of the collaborative process, since a Q&A session often follows. Tonight through Sunday, check out fresh new works by emerging gay and lesbian playwrights at the Lavender Footlights Festival. The readings take place in the Wynwood Art District at Dot Fiftyone Art Space.
May 4-6, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 7, 6 p.m.