ST. CHARLES – Kane Repertory Theatre of St. Charles will involve viewers in its next project, The New Play Lab, a weekly virtual program with professional playwrights from across the country. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. May 27 on YouTube Live.

The Lab offers a virtual rehearsal room to the playwrights, connecting them with actors from the KRT ensemble and beyond, a news release stated. Audiences get a look at the development of the works and can join the post-read discussions.

The first four selections touch on such issues as race relations, escapism through technology, PC culture, and religious awakening.

Streaming at 7:30 p.m. will be "Sputnik in Suburbia" by Adam Kraar, May 27; "Midwest Porn" by Quincy Long, June 3; "Ghost Stories" by Lia Romeo, June 10; and "Invasions and Penetrations" by Mike Solomonson, June 17.

The livestreams are free, but donations are welcomed at artful.ly/kane-repertory-theatre/store/donate or through a Venmo account @KaneRep. Sponsors get a shout-out. Visit facebook.com/KaneRepertoryTheatre or kanerepertorytheatre.com.

"To help support this work and the artists involved,consider a donation of $20, or any amount that makes sense to you," the release stated.

Paul Kassel and Renique Kersh portrayed the Stage Manager and Professor Willard in Kane Repertory Theatre's inaugural production of "Our Town" last fall.
Paul Kassel and Renique Kersh portrayed the Stage Manager and Professor Willard in Kane Repertory Theatre's inaugural production of "Our Town" last fall.