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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 6; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27

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.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Thursday, February 27. 7:30 PM. $20.

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. 10:30 PM. $8.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Thursday, February 27. 2 PM. $20.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Thursday, February 27. 2 and 7:30 PM. $20.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4

Lunchtime Symposium

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

Late

Sarah Ruhl's play about a married woman and a lonesome cowboy is presented in a workshop staging by Jessica Thebus. 6 PM. $8.

Dramatic Readings

This program features 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. 8 PM. $8.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Thursday, February 27; a discussion with playwright Doug Wright and director Moises Kaufman follows the show. 7:30 PM. $20.

THURSDAY, MARCH 6

I Am My Own Wife

See listing for Thursday, February 27. 7:30 PM. $20.

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