Summer Shorts returns for another summer of new American one-acts featuring original plays by the country's top playwrights. Representing some of today's best writing, directing and acting talents, Summer Shorts celebrates theatre, summer and the short form. The festival's two separate series offer a diverse range of voices, styles, and subject matter. Summer Shorts 3 offers eight world premiere one-act plays, in two separate evenings. The two series will run in rotating repertory (a detailed description and schedule follows below). Last year The New York Post declared "one-act shorts fit nicely in summer heat!" Series A THINGS MY AFRO TAUGHT ME Written and Performed by Nancy Giles A black girl, her hair, her adventures, and eventual escape from a Los Angeles acting cult. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE by John Augustine Directed by Robert Saxner A woman copes with menopause, her birthday, and the death of her husband. Luckily, she has alcohol and candy to help her get through the day. Unluckily, she faces an unwanted visit from her sister-in-law. A SECOND OF PLEASURE by Neil LaBute Directed by Andrew McCarthy A couple head off for a romantic weekend - or do they? THE ETERNAL ANNIVERSARY Book by Bill Connington Music and Lyrics by Skip Kennon A hotel chef in 1913 New York City makes the perfect meal for his anniversary dinner. Very much in love with his wife, he is haunted by the suspicion that she was unfaithful to him years ago. Finding a lost bottle of Grand Marnier to complete the meal, he discovers evidence of her innocence. They can finally rest assured in their "perfect love." SERIES B DON'T SAY ANOTHER WORD By Carole Real Directed by Ian Belknap Irascible and compulsively honest, Josh tells his girlfriend Laura about a conversation he had with his guy friends. Big Mistake. THE SIN EATER By Keith Reddin Directed by Billy Hopkins El is 14 and her father has been murdered. She's plotting revenge and nothing is going to stop her. Not the police, not the court appointed psychiatrist, and definitely not her mother. Because her mother was the one who killed El's father. IF I HAD By Roger Hedden Directed by Billy Hopkins Landscape maintenance, class struggle, and a bikini-clad girl collide in a country with potable water. THE KILLING By William Inge Directed by José Angel Santana Desperation leads one man to ask for the ultimate favor from a stranger.