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Sins inspire one-acts in Jewel Box Series’ Seven Deadly Shorts

Stephanie Karr and Mark Watts return to the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre — with something sinfully delicious.

Their Palmore Productions will debut the couple’s new Seven Deadly Shorts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center Annex, above the box office.

Seven Deadly Shorts is a series of seven one-act plays, all loosely inspired by the seven deadly sins. The plays involve aliens, yoga, fortune telling, Cracker Jack, baggage, chess, and murder.

Some are humorous. Others are darker in tone. All are suitable for audiences of just about any age.

This is the fourth play from the duo, whose Lacy opened the Jewel Box Series inaugural season in 2014. They also wrote and staged Eleven in 2011 and Boots in 2017, both at El Paso Community College.

One of the Seven Deadly Shorts one-acts was performed at Theatre New Mexico’s 2018 spring conference.

The Jewel Box Series continues with Eden Enterprises’ Classic Campesino, two Luis Valdez one-acts, at 2:30 p.m. April 19 (it replaces the previously announced yo Soy project), and is part of the 2020 Nuevo Siglo de Oro Spanish drama festival.

The Jewel Box Series’ sixth season concludes with the Southwest Songwriter Series — featuring Doug Adamz, Teresa Tudury and Gene Keller — at 2:30 p.m. May 10.

The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (no service charges) and (service charges apply).  The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live.