The Pittsburgh New Works Festival has been a home for new one-act plays for two decades now. The 20th season (and second at McKees Rocks' Father Ryan Arts Center) features a new program of four one-acts each weekend for a month, each staged by a different local company.
While winning plays come from around the country, each program features a work by a Pittsburgh-area playwright.
Week one includes "The Joy of Theft," by James C. McKelly (produced by the Heritage Players); "Call Back," by Jim Hinkley (Theatre Factory); and "Shaving Lessons and Half-Windsor Knots," by Pittsburgh favorite and perennial New Works playwright F.J. Hartland (CCAC South).
New Works Festival Week One: Thu., Sept. 9-Sun., Sept. 12. New programs continue through Oct. 3. 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. $10 (festival pass: $25). 412-881-6888 or www.pittsburghnewworks.org