The play’s the thing: Play­wrights’ Work­shop

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From Fri­day, Nov. 6, through Sun­day, Nov. 15, the Play­wrights’ Work­shop at Santa Fe Play­house (142 E. De Var­gas St., 505-988-4262) of­fers staged read­ings of works by New Mex­ico play­wrights, all di­rected by Bar­bara Hatch. Each play is read twice dur­ing the run. First up is De­nial (Is Not a River in Egypt) by Deb­o­rah Magid, in which dur­ing a rain­storm, a stranger with a cello shows up at the door and claims le­gal re­la­tion to one of the house’s oc­cu­pants. Read­ings are at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, and Thurs­day, Nov. 12. In Lucy Gar­dener Makes Hats ,by Dianna Lewis, the ti­tle char­ac­ter lives a cir­cum­scribed ex­is­tence in a base­ment apart­ment. She makes hats and en­gages in deep dis­cus­sions with her­self, un­til an emo­tional tor­nado dis­rupts her calm. Read­ings are at 7:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 7, and Satur­day, Nov. 14. Buy One, Get Five Free, by Amy Lanasa, takes place in the July heat of West Texas, in a trailer home full of quirky women with se­crets. The read­ings are on Sun­day, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. and on Fri­day, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. City Mice, by Rose­mary Zibart, had its first read­ing on Nov. 5; the fi­nal read­ing is on Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. In this play, two aging broth­ers — one from Man­hat­tan, the other a hip­pie in ru­ral Ver­mont — clash over money, art, and old grudges. Tick­ets cost $15 per read­ing; a four-show ticket pack­age is avail­able. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at www.santafe­play­house.org. — Jen­nifer Levin

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