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Originally published Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 7:03 PM

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Free readings by Hedgebrook playwrights

Two free readings of works by writers taking part in the 2011 Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, in Langley and Seattle.

Seattle Times theater critic

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The annual Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival on Whidbey Island brings together theater scribes from around the U.S. to refine their latest scripts.

And you can get a free earful of this year's works-in-progress at public readings by professional actors, held on Sunday at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley, and on Monday at ACT Theatre in Seattle.

The authors represented this year include California writer Lisa Loomer, whose play "Distracted" was recently seen at ArtsWest; Alva Rogers, who has collaborated on a series of musicals with Seattle composer Bruce Monroe; Molly Smith Metzler, a busy East Coast writer; Susan Soon He Stanton, who is also an award-winning screenwriter; and Radha Blank, whose works include "Kenya," a "one-woman hip-hop B-ball dramedy."

The free Hedgebrook readings take place 4 p.m. Sunday at WICA, 565 Camano Ave., Langley (800-638-7631 or wicaonline.com) and 7 p.m. Monday at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).

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