The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) premieres its 12th annual Page-to-Stage Festival at 2 p.m. Friday.
About 40 theaters in the D.C. area will offer free readings and open rehearsals of plays being developed by local, regional and national playwrights, librettists and composers.
The mission of the festival is to produce new work. Some of the theaters involved include the African-American Collective Theatre, Pinky Swear Productions and the Washington Improv Theater. Various performances by Catholic University will kickoff the festival on Saturday at 2.
The festival continues through Monday. Admission is free and tickets are not required. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.