New works by Marcus Gardley and Lillian Groag will take the stage for American Conservatory Theater's First Look New Plays Festival at the Zeum Theater, April 11-April 26. Each play will receive two script-in-hand workshop performances following a week of work.

The festival will open with Gardley's The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry, directed by Aaron Davidman, April 11-12. The piece follows a group of former slaves and Seminoles who wrestle with identity and survival while forging a new life in Oklahoma in the mid-1800s.

The second play will be the most recent version of Groag's War Music, an adaptation of Christopher Logue's contemporary retelling of Homer's Iliad, April 26. Directed by Groag, this piece is slated to play A.C.T. in a full production as part of the 2008-09 season.

For more information call 415-749-2228 or visit act-sf.org.