Attention span. What? Oh -- how about eight tiny plays by the up-and-coming playwright members of Scottsdale’s Theatre Artists Studio in the seventh year of “New Summer Shorts”? (Ours don’t get out enough to need replacing. Oops, another tangent.)

The playlets’ subjects include the only time the three famous 19th-century American actor brothers the Booths performed together: November 25, 1864, not long before John Wilkes Booth would become ultimately the most famous. There’s Casting Pearls, in which two homeless guys drink in an alley; Debra Rich Gettleman’s two loopy looks at bureaucracy; and a few sweet little romances, including the story of a couple who last saw each other 20 years ago at the beginning of the First Persian Gulf War. The variety of adventurous writers, directors, and actors is simply dizzying.

Sit in one place for a little while (and again after intermission) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at 4848 East Cactus Road. Shows continue through Sunday, June 21. For tickets, $10 to $20, visit or call 602-765-0120.

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: June 12. Continues through June 22, 2014


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