Arts events don’t get much more affordable than free staged readings, and in August, there are a number of them. In the first group, presented as part of the South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest, City Theatre is testing the waters with six scripts it’s considering for future Summer Shorts festivals at 7 p.m. Monday at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale — and there’s free wine and cheese. (City is also partnering with the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU for readings of four short plays at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the museum, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is $5 or free to members; call 786-972-3175 for information.)
At 7 p.m. Aug. 17, Juan C. Sanchez will hear a reading of his play Dead by Night at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Jessica Farr’s Party Girls gets a Mad Cat Theatre Company reading at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in the SandBox at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. And on Aug. 31, new short plays written in memory of late theater community member Dana Castellano will be done at 8 p.m. at the Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (the $15 admission will go to the Humane Society). Visit www.southfloridatheatre.com for more information.
From Scratch, a second group of free readings under the guidance of master playwright Shari Wilner, will take place Aug. 22-23 as a collaborative project of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the South Florida Theatre League and the Deering Estate at Cutler. Andie Arthur’s play Such Tremendous Faith will be read at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 7701 SW 76th Ave., Miami. On Aug. 23, Sanchez’s A Gray Divide will be read at 3 p.m., followed by Christopher Demos-Brown’s Wrongful Death at 5:30 p.m. at Area Stage, 1560 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables. Seating at the readings (all with mature content) is limited, so call Adriana Sanchez-Perez at 305-375-5019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in going.