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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 through March 16 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 March 13; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 6

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. (Reviewed this week in Section One.)

FRIDAY, MARCH 7

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Thursday, March 6. 7:30 PM. $20.

Late

Sarah Ruhl's play about a married woman and a lonesome cowboy is presented in a workshop staging by Jessica Thebus. 10:30 PM. $8.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Thursday, March 6. 2 and 7:30 PM. $20.

MONDAY, MARCH 10

Dramatic Readings

This program of one-acts pairs As

Much as You Can, Paul Oakley Stovall's account of a man's road trip from LA to Chicago, with See Again, Megan Carney's story of a grad student who is the victim of a hate crime. 6 PM. $8.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11

Lunchtime Symposium

"Developing New Plays in Chicago"

is the subject of this public discussion by representatives from About Face, Steppenwolf, and the Goodman. Noon. Free.

Dramatic Readings

This program of one-acts pairs Scott Duff's Alone, which looks at "behaviors indulged in when no one seems to be looking," with Xena Live! Episode 3: Apocalypse Now--or Later, which promises to be the final installment of Claudia Allen's series of plays about TV's favorite woman warrior. 6 PM. $8.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Thursday, March 6; a discussion with playwright Doug Wright and director Moises Kaufman follows the show. 7:30 PM. $20.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Thursday, March 6. 7:30 PM. $20.

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