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About Face Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art team up for a showcase of new gay- and lesbian-themed works in various stages of development. Offerings range from workshop productions to readings and discussions, as shown in the schedule below. The festival runs February 22-March 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. Ticket prices for individual programs are given below; all-access passes cost $35. For more information and reservations, call 312-397-4010.

Following is the schedule through February 27; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

I Am My Own Wife

Doug Wright, whose play Quills dramatized the life of the Marquis de Sade, penned this monodrama about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who lived openly as a transgendered woman in Berlin under the Nazi and Communist regimes. This workshop production (a tryout prior to a planned New York engagement) stars Jefferson Mays under the direction of Moises Kaufman, author of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project. 7:30 PM. $20.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Saturday, February 22. 7:30 PM. $20.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Lunchtime Symposium

This public discussion features artists involved with the festival. Noon. Free.

Pulp

Chicago actor-writer Patricia Kane's "love letter to the Barbara Stanwycks of the world and . . . those dimestore tomes she inspired," set in a Chicago lesbian bar during the summer of 1956, is offered in a workshop production. 6 PM. $8.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Saturday, February 22; a discussion with playwright Doug Wright and director Moises Kaufman follows the show. 7:30 PM. $20.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Saturday, February 22. 7:30 PM. $20.

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