If you’re looking for some good, clean, “lite” fun, enter LITE 2017, a series of one-act plays (actors off-book) — all of which are “PG-clean — and none are depressing,” says LITE producer Jack J. Berry (also credited with writing, acting in and directing LITE pieces).

Co-sponsored by the Cary Playwrights’ Forum under its new Independent Production Series, LITE 2017 is a free event with an opportunity to do good with those dollars (donations accepted to benefit Durham Rescue Mission), onstage via five showings between March 9 and 16.

In front of the series — spanning titles from “Coming Out” to “Grim Reaper” — we hit up Berry for his trinity of reasons you should have already tapped this in iCal.

Why go

Live and local: This is live theater, so anything can happen. All of the actors are locals, and most of the plays were written by local authors.

Feel-good fun: All of the plays are intended to get the audience to laugh, think or be encouraged/inspired to ‘do the right thing.’ We really want LITE 2017 to be a feel-good experience.

Gratis + donation: It’s much cheaper than going to a movie. There’s no admission charge, but we are taking donations to Durham Rescue Mission. Every penny that’s donated goes to the mission, so it’s a great way to help the homeless and have a good time in the process.

In the know

LITE 2017
When/Where: March 9 to 11 & 16 evenings; March 11 matinee; times and locations vary per show
Cost: Free
Questions? Contact Jack Berry jack.berry@sas.com

Schedule

First show, Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m.: Hope Community Church, Morrisville

Second show, Friday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.: at Cary Senior Center

Third show, Saturday, March 11, 3 p.m.: at Cary Arts Center (Paul Cooper Room)

Fourth show, Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.: at Cary Arts Center (Paul Cooper Room)

Fifth show, Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m.: Hope Community Church, Morrisville

The plays

“Panacea” (Written & directed by Jack J. Berry)

“An Autumn Proposal” (Written by Lydia Sybityakov, directed by Kurt Benrud, assisted by Pam Vesper)

“When Jill Was Away” (Written by Laura Arwood, directed by Kurt Benrud, assisted by Pam Vesper)

“Slick Dame” (Written by Kay Phillips, directed by Jack J. Berry)

“The Politics of the Herd” (Written & directed by Jack J. Berry)

“An Honest Conversation” (Written by Laura Towne, directed by Kurt Benrud, assisted by Pam Vesper)

“Coming Out” (Written by Laura Towne, directed by Kurt Benrud, assisted by Pam Vesper)

“Grim Reaper” (Written by Dean Bevan, directed by Jack J. Berry)

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