Staged readings at Center for the Arts in Bonita

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The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs will present their Staged Reading Series on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moe Auditorium & Film Center at Center for Performing Arts campus.

The Series showcases seven new plays from three local and four international playwrights hailing from Canada, England, New Zealand and Los Angeles. The three Southwest Florida playwrights featured include: Don Fox, Shawn Ryan and Leslie Sanderson. “Our local playwrights are solid comedic writers. It’s exciting to have their works presented alongside their international colleagues,” explains Frank Blocker, the centers’ film & theater director.

For the Series, actors will perform the new works in the staged reading format — scripts in hand. Comedies of all styles were chosen for this iteration of the Staged Reading Series and the Centers’ return to live performance. The scripts were selected from more than 300 national and international entries during the fourth annual Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival held in January. The varied plots in the Series range from a playwright kidnapping a publisher who rejected his work; dueling soccer parents; to the introduction of the Paleo diet to cavemen. Perhaps most intriguing for local audiences will be the world premiere of Don Fox’s short play, Looking for Love at the Blue Martini.

Advance reservations are encouraged. For tickets, call 239-495-8989 or visit


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