What's new in local theater? Geva Theatre Center has several answers to that question in its annual Festival of New Theatre, or FONT, currently running at the Nextstage. The festival began Monday with a work-in-progress reading of Nora Cole's "Katherine's Colored Lieutenant," which will be performed at Geva in February 2015. You'll also have the chance to meet playwright Wendy MacLeod, whose "Women in Jeopardy" is also on Geva's 2015 schedule; to see short plays by Rochester area writers aged 13 to 18; and to learn about a new play coming to Geva about the great blues singer Son House.
The remaining festival lineup includes:
Friday, October 24, 7 p.m.: "The Author's Voice: Wendy MacLeod"
Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 26, 3 p.m.: "Young Writers Showcase: New Plays in Performance"
Sunday, October 26, 7 p.m.: "Rochester 'Bake-Off:" New Play Excerpts"
Monday, October 27, 7 p.m.: "Project ROC"
Tuesday, October 28, 7 p.m.: "Amid Purpleheart" by Victor Lesniewski
Wednesday, October 29, 7 p.m.: "Far from the Trees" by Christina Gorman
Saturday, November 1, 7 p.m.: "Regional Writer: 'The Cell'" by Maria Brandt
Sunday, November 2, 7 p.m.: "Son House Stories."
Geva presents "Festival of New Theatre 2014" through November 2, Nextstage at Geva, 75 Woodbury Boulevard. Free, but reservations required. 232-4382; gevatheatre.org.