On the Radar: Gorilla Theatre's Young Dramatists Project and David Mamet's politicomedy, November, at American Stage

politicomedy about a cash-strapped incumbent president who taps the turkey industry for funds. Thanksgiving's getting a makeover; there's a live, televised lesbian wedding to officiate; and, American Stage warns, "very strong language (Mamet REALLY likes to use the "F" word)." Farce? Young Dramatists Project, June 3-13, 7 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 and 7 p.m. Sun., Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N. Hubert Avenue, Tampa, $20-$25, $10-$20 students and seniors, gorillatheatre.com; November, June 9-July 4, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. matinees Sat.-Sun., American Stage, 163 Third Ave.  N., St. Petersburg, $26-$45, $10 student rush tickets 30 minutes prior to curtain, americanstage.org. --Franki Weddington

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview upcoming events to mark your calendars for. When Gorilla Theatre began its Young Dramatists Project 10 years ago, this year's winners were probably just learning to put pen to paper, much less composing full-fledged works of art. Here's the gist: Gorilla picks five original plays by local teens for the star treatment: a full-scale production, with professional directors and actors (among this year's local luminaries are Bridget Bean, Ami Sallee Corley and David Mann) and a paid membership into the Dramatists’ Guild.

Don't expect themes of prom-date woes and stale summer jobs, though: you'll learn about everything from Zacharia Hartman's take on four men coming to terms with the disappointments of adulthood in Pugilist, to the story of man who's had an estranged relationship with his mother his whole life, but finds himself in charge of her funeral in Michael Kefeyalew's The String That Fell.

You might see the work of the next Mamet at YDP, but if it leaves you with a hankering for the real deal, see November (pictured), David Mamet's

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