spf.gifOne way to beat the heat (or, this week, the rain): head over to Theatre Row for the Summer Play Festival, which kicked off last week.

The 28-day festival, in its inaugural season, features 18 new plays by 18 emerging playwrights, selected by a panel of Broadway gurus. A smattering of plays are offered Tuesday-Friday and Sunday, and a whopping 10 titles on Saturdays. Tickets are only $10.

Visit the SPF site for the festival schedule, as well as the list of shows and their synopses.