STONINGTON — Four new plays by Rhode Island playwright and novelist Michael R. McGuire will be presented as concert reading series this weekend and next weekend by Community Design Workshop and the Planning Stage.

Each evening, one of the plays — “The Infinite Cost of Love," "Three Dancing Mummies," “Looted" and “The String" — will be presented.

“The Infinite Cost of Love" is a drama about an American journalist who, years after he was held and tortured in another country, meets his former torturer and tests the limits of forgiveness.

“Three Dancing Mummies” is a comedy about a couple of middle-aged British tourists who become lost and stumble upon a pub inhabited by rather peculiar undead patrons.

“Looted” is a crime drama about the aftermath of a bold robbery on a small island during the beginnings of a revolution.

“The String” is a crime drama about a gang of criminals who realize that one of their members needs to be replaced right before a job.

The plays contain adult material and are not recommended for anybody under the age of 18.

McGuire has had plays produced locally and nationally for the last 25 years. His play “Kitchen Romantics” kicked off New London’s Secret Theater in 1999. He is a Connecticut Artist Fellowship recipient for his play “The New Girl,” which was produced at Avery Point Playhouse in 2005. His play for young actors, “Persephone Rules!”, is published by Brooklyn Publishers. His play “It Comes From Beyond!” was produced in New York City by Horse Trade Theater in 2012.

Community Design Workshop is an affiliate of Kimmerle Group of New York and Northern New Jersey and is sponsored by longtime Stonington residents George and Lynn Kimmerle.

Community Design Workshop provides pro bono feasibility planning and design services for not-for-profit and faith-based organizations in the southeastern Connecticut area and provides a venue and a forum for topical discussions and presentations about sustainability, environmental awareness, and coastal development. It also sponsors a bi-monthly entertainment night featuring classic films and other cultural offerings.

The Planning Stage is a collective of actors, playwrights and directors founded by Kato McNickle dedicated to bringing new plays to new audiences.

A brief talkback will be held afterwards. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

For more information, call 860-440-3415.

nbfusaro@thewesterlysun.com

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