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When art exists for one day, it imitates life even more closely -- the moment evaporates, and there’s no telling whether that will produce relief or regret. Such is the nature of new-play festivals like Maybe the Next Great Playwright Festival, a series of staged readings from Theatre Artists Studio continuing through Sunday, August 25.

It begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 16, with Alan Austin’s Waves: A Collection of Short Plays, featuring characters “buffeted by external forces.” The other irreproducible shows in the fest range from comedy to drama, from contemporary romance to Inconstancy, Bob Barr’s “sequel” to Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife. With a bunch of popular Valley thespians on board, “something for everyone” starts to sound like truth, not just marketing. We’re especially eager to learn whether Debra Rich Gettleman’s Askew: Four Slightly Off-Kilter Shorts constitutes two pairs of shorts and how off-kilter they are (because we’re perverts).

Admission is what you care to donate at the door, 4848 East Cactus Road. Check for specific dates and times, or call 602-765-0120.

Fri., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2013