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Crescent Moon has hunted for hidden writing talent for its production of 10-minute plays

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Crescent Moon Theatre has always had a strong connection with literature, but the company has always treated text like a malleable object. When Sineenadh Keitprapai joined the theatre in 1995, she said the company was already holding staged readings and showcases of short works on a regular basis. 

These activities have faded in recent years. Three years ago, however, Sineenadh, now the company director, brought back this tradition with the themed reading event, "Aan" (Play Reading), in which people are invited to give oral interpretations of existing literary works of their choice.

Seeing that a few of these short performances have been developed into full-length productions, Sineenadh believed that these performers must have a few original works of their own stashed somewhere in their desks, waiting to be read and staged. Although the theatre scene has become significantly more active and prolific in the past few years, most are adaptations of Western plays.

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