When rock stars want to give fans a window into their creative process, they toss up webcams or leak demos on MySpace. When playwrights want to try out their new material, they host staged readings. Such is the inspiration for the In-Progress New Play Reading Series at the Unicorn Theater (3828 Main, 816-531-7529). Tonight, the theater will host a reading of John Biguenet's Shotgun — a sequel to his Rising Water drama, playing at the Unicorn though October 5. Whereas Rising Water explores the chaos of Hurricane Katrina during the flood, Shotgun takes place months afterward, as New Orleans residents are struggling to rebuild. More dramatic fiction than political commentary, the play explores tense race relations in the wake of the disaster and romance in times of strife. The 7:30 p.m. reading is free, though a $5 donation is requested.
Sun., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2008