New Eyes Festival

Friday/Saturday: Theater Mu brings back its long-running series of staged readings of new plays. First up is a woman’s attempt to summit Mount Everest in Isabella Dawis’ “Half the Sky,” at 6:30 p.m. on June 21. Next is Katie Ka Vang’s “Spirit Trust,” about a body of water said to have healing powers. It will be directed by Mu co-founder Rick Shiomi (pictured) at 2 p.m. on June 22. Preston Choi’s “This Is Not a True Story,” at 5:30 p.m. on June 22, is one of several plays in development around the country that examine harmful stereotypes in “Madame Butterfly” and “Miss Saigon.” (Theater Mu studio, 755 N. Prior Av., Suite 107, St. Paul, free, theatermu.org)

Chris Hewitt