What If? Productions hosts their Play Fest every July to help get theater-goers through the summer doldrums, presenting an original play, staged readings, plus other performances and educational sessions. The Play Fest is tied into What If? Productions’ annual playwrights competition — the winning play receives a fully staged production by What If? the following summer.

This year, Play Fest consists of one full day of events on July 11, and a two-weekend run of the 2014 playwrights competition winner How to Field Dress an Android, by Irene Pynn. The play is billed as a sci-fi drama set in a futuristic world where people hunt androids to survive, and runs July 9-10 and 16-18 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on June 12 at 5 p.m. 

The rest of the Play Fest events include a Lunch and Learn session with Threshold Repertory’s Playwrights-in-Residence Thomas and Judy Heath and staged readings of the three playwrights competition finalists. There’s also the 24 Hour Playhouse, in which a group of actors plan, rehearse, and perform a short play in just 24 hours, and the Poetry of Craigslist, in which comedians will dramatically interpret some of the strangest Craigslist postings you’ve ever heard. That show is hosted by Jeremy McLellan, who was voted this year’s City Paper Best Local Comic.

Find out more and score your tickets at whatifproductions.com.   

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