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International New Plays Festival opens this weekend

The first annual International New Plays Festival of the Lowcountry begins June 17 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts. The festival, which ends June 19, features 15 performances of plays and monologues authored by 12 different artists.

Nicholas Nicholas, the festival’s director, said the patrons will experience plays that have not been shown in the Lowcountry.

“It’s new because it is something that has not been done before or except maybe in their living room or in front of their friends,â€