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Monday, February 6, 2012

They're all winners: Alliance reads Kendeda finalists

John Benzinger and Rachel Garner in prior Kendeda nominee Fair Use
Wednesday night the Alliance Theatre stages the opening night of Meg Miroshnik's The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, this year's winning play of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. The Alliance never lets the Kendeda finalists go home empty-handed, though, and presents staged readings of the four runners-up on Feb. 6-7:

Shoe Story (2:30 p.m., Feb. 6): Playwright Ben Snyder presents "An urban fairy tale about love, loss, and the metaphysical significance of a fresh pair of kicks," directed by Kate Warner, former artistic director of Dad's Garage Theatre.

We Fight We Die (7 p.m., Feb. 6): A Greek chorus of urban poets use hip-hop and spoken word styles to recount the tale of Q, a graffiti artist who becomes a folk hero. Out of Hand Theater's Adam Fristoe directs this new play by Tim Guillot.

Whales (2:30 p.m., Feb. 7): A 14-year-old resists reconnecting with his long-estranged gay father at a secluded corner of the Outer Banks, until they bond over a crisis regarding an injured whale. Horizon Theatre's Lisa Adler directs Bob Bartlett's new play.

Lost Cause (7 p.m., Feb. 7): A black college student with a crush on his debate partner finds himself taking part in a Civil War re-enactment at the Battle of Bentonville State Historic Site. David De Vries directs the new play by Alexander Maggio.

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