Warehouse offers new plays, 'grave' doings

Last year, Warehouse Performing Arts Center sought brief plays about graveyards or funeral parlors by Carolinas writers. The results may be seen Thursday through June 12 in Cornelius at the first Comedy Invitational & New Play Festival. The 90-minute anthology "Grave Comedies" will run seven times.

The Warehouse will also stage readings of three new full-length plays, each getting a matinee and evening slot: Ann Marie Oliva's "The Movie Notebook," Mark Havlik's "Masquerade" and Todd Ford's "Of Marital Bliss."

And there will be workshops by playwrights. Judy Simpson-Cook titled hers "What Happens After 'The End?' A Guide To Producing, Publishing and Promoting Your Play," and David Radavich called his "Building the Body of the Play."

"Grave Comedies" costs $20 ($15 for seniors and students). The readings are free, and the workshops are $20 each. Details: www.warehousepac.com, 704-425-5564 or tickets@ warehousepac.com .

'Ghost Trek' gets an outing

If you're going to ConCarolinas 2011 Friday through Sunday at Charlotte Hilton University Place, you might drop by the screening of "Ghost Trek."

Charlotte's Michael Plumides Jr. wrote, co-directed and co-produced the piece, which bears the full name "Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report." This is actually the 23-minute pilot project for a TV series he wants to make, with this as the first episode of the second season.

The show, intentionally more comic than scary, "follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (PUDS) as they investigate haunts across the U.S. and abroad between tanning beds, babes, body-building and bong hits ... risking life and limb confronting the undead." (Details: www.facebook.com/Ghost TrekTV .)

The showing is at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by a discussion with cast and crew. Other festival titles include "A Few Brains More: Summer of Blood," "Harvey Putter & The Ridiculous Premise" and "The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets and a Hot Pink Jesus - Act 1: The Missionary Man." Details: www.concarolinas.org.