Do It Today: True Stories of Doctors Without Borders and Hot Off the Press

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St. Petersburg’s well-loved theater company is at it again, and this time its new series involves local playwrights giving free readings of their new plays. Hot Off the Press is a great opportunity for theater lovers, aspiring playwrights, and those with the knack for constructive evaluation, to hear and comment on the recent works of these talented minds. After each reading the audience gets to partake in a discussion with the author, and fill out an evaluation form to help the development of the play. Upcoming readings include Four Middle-Aged Jewish Men Discuss Love, Death, and the Inescapable Presence of God by Mark Leib – CL’s very own theatre critic and the author of Art People, Terry by Terry and numerous other plays (we expect everyone upon whom he bestowed less-than-rave reviews to be out in full force to voice their opinions); and Roadhouse that Could, by T. Scott Wooten – an artistic associate at American Stage and seasoned playwright. Four Middle-Aged Jewish Men, Mon., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Roadhouse that Could, Mon., Jan. 4 ,7 p.m., American Stage, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg, free, americanstage.org. – Lily Reisman

Get a rare glimpse inside Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel-winning indie humanitarian aid organization, at the screening of Living in Emergency: True Stories of Doctors Without Borders a documentary series of stories about real field situations. The screening is succeeded by live interviews by 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas with Dr. Tom Krueger (the film's featured surgeon) and award-winning journalists like Sebastian Junger (author of The Perfect Storm and Vanity Fair editor) — all broadcast in high-def to theaters across the country. Visit fathomevents.com for a full list of participating theaters. Mon., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Citrus Stadium Park Mall 20, Tampa, $12.50.

After the break: Local playwrights giving free readings of their new plays in Hot Off the Press

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