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Festival Celebrates Questionable Content

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Featuring the perverse, the politically incorrect, and the blatantly offensive, the Bad Plays Festival returns to Greenwich Village for its second year with 25 eyebrow-raising new productions. Presented by NY Artists Unlimited from September 10-30, the festival aims to please with its notorious content.

Six themes, ranging from "Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?" to "Poking at Sacred Cows," rotate throughout the nights of the festival, each of which features three to six plays.

A Carmen Miranda spirit runs throughout the event, which opens with a samba benefit and closes with the presentation of the Fruit Cup Awards — the Golden Pineapple, Silver Tomato, and Bronze Banana — to honor the favorite new plays.

Performances will be held at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St., at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25.

Sponsors include the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Nancy Quinn Fund, and Puffin Foundation.

Other events include:

The Brown Bag Lunch Series, which features staged readings of new plays in a workshop environment. Wednesdays at 12 p.m., $10.

Ebony Black -- an original children's musical with a twist on Snow White. Saturdays at 3 p.m., $7/children, $10/adults.

Best Little Crackhouse in Philly -- an expanded version of a previous festival favorite. Sundays at 8 p.m.

— Nicole Villeneuve

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