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The Hormel Festival of New Plays and Musicals is back! (NOTE TO EDITOR: That’s all they need to know.)

Well, we tried. Okay, HFONPAM, now scheduled for temperate March, returns to Phoenix Theatre. Readings, performances, and the manic 24-Hour Theatre Project comprise the 16th annual total-immersion “where do plays come from?” experience through Sunday, March 16. Over the years, more than 70 shows that tested their damp, wobbly Bambi legs at the Festival have gone on to productions elsewhere.

Friday, March 7, features a choice between staged readings of two works at 100 East McDowell Road: Mark Cornell’s comedy At Birth and Kathleen Conry and Susan Randolph Braden’s three-woman musical What He Knew About Women -- The Music of Cy Coleman, both at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, or snag a full festival pass for $50 to $80. Learn much more (a couple of events are even free!) at, or call 602-254-2151.

March 2-16, 2014
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson