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CHICAGO: Second Sex Series

"Woman's situation inclines her to seek salvation in literature and art," wrote Simone de Beauvoir in the book that inspired this series at Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, programmed to give prominence to women's voices and issues. It kicks off Jan. 3-7 with The Dreams of Laura Bush/The Passion of Terri Schiavo, performance artist Karen Finley's double bill of politically pertinent solo works embellished by her live-action ink drawings. The Chicago premiere of Paula Vogel's The Oldest Profession follows. An art show by Deva Suckerman complements the series. (Jan.-May; www.bailiwick.org)

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NEW YORK CITY: hotINK International Festival of Play Readings

Jennifer Haley uses the deceptively glib format of a video game to investigate the secrets of a "perfect" American suburb in Neighborhood 3, one of the many new works to be read at this Tisch School--sponsored festival. Other featured writers are E.M. (Ellen) Lewis and Migdalia Cruz (both of the U.S.), Jose Maria Vieira Mendes (Portugal), Andreas Flourakis (Greece), Ahmed Ghazali (Morocco), Nick Carpenter (Canada), Olivier Py (France) and Debbie Tucker Green (U.K.). (Jan. 20-22, 27-28; www.hotink.org)

LARGO/ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.: 10x10 Play Festival

Anniversaries are the theme--and an anniversary (the Largo Cultural Center's 10th) is the occasion--for this tenfold cluster of 10-minute plays. Staged readings of the judges' favorites from an open-submission contest will be produced at the center in association with American Stage Theatre Company. (Jan. 25-Feb. 4; www.americanstage.org)

ASPEN, COLO.: Take Ten

A crew of MFA playwrights descends on Aspen to hit the rehearsal room, not the slopes. Nine writers from grad programs nationwide have been selected by judge John Guare to attend a weeklong workshop culminating in stagings by local pros of their 10-minute plays. Along with one high school winner, their scripts were gleaned from a competition run by Aspen-based presenter and outreach group Theater Masters, led by Julia Hansen, Lane Savadove and Pesha Rudnick. (Jan. 21-23; www.theatermasters.org)

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