Constraining the creative process is all the rage: Two-days-to-make-a film festivals, monthlong novel-writing events, and now this: "ShortLived 2.0", a three-month-long playwriting competition. Refereed by PianoFight productions, which apparently likes to capitalize the middle consonant of its titles, the event means a lot of brand-new short plays for us to judge. Audiences are given scorecards, just like the mean people on TV. It continues every weekend until the Championship Weekend, June 26-27, when the four winningest plays vie for the chance at a fully produced run spanning one month. Last years winner, Daniel Heath, is back to defend his position. Can he win again? Its just like reality TV, only real, and smarter, and better, and concerned with a legitimate art form.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 10. Continues through June 27, 2009