The Hangar Theatre presents the Next Stage Playwriting Showcase at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4. Talented elementary, middle and high school playwrights from the region have submitted plays to the Hangar Theatre, and several have been selected for staged readings on the Hangar Theatre's Niederkorn Stage. All of the playwrights who submitted plays will be honored, and special guests, professional playwrights Kenny Finkle and Scott Organ, will speak. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 273-8588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.