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Redbird One-Act Play Festival

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Continues through March 22 2015

Life's too short for intermissions, so ArtsCenter Stage commissioned six new one-act plays for a festival of compact drama spaced out over two weekends. As you might discern from its namesake, Redbird is focused on North Carolina, with four of six local playwrights working the rich soil of N.C. literature for inspiration. Jane Holding's Saints Have Mothers is based on Allan Gurganus' Local Souls, his acclaimed 2013 return to fiction after a decade away. Marianne Gingher and Debby Seabrooke adapt Fred Chappell's story "Linnaeus Forgets," while Howard L. Craft takes on The Fire of Freedom, David Cecelski's nonfiction account of radical abolitionist Abraham Galloway. The plays run on two different programs, so you'll have to go twice to see them all. But if Common Wealth Endeavors' recent four-star production of two sharp one-acts, Elevator and Contractions, whetted your appetite for bite-sized theater, that shouldn't be a problem.—Brian Howe

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