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In Catholic belief, the term “fuga mundi” or “flight from this world” can refer to entrance into a monastery or convent. Spanish playwright Mar Gómez Glez’s new work of the same name involves a convent, yes, but it isn’t as concerned with spiritual introspection as it is with women taking control over their destinies. Set in Spain during the early days of the Inquisition, the play follows Juana, a young sculptor who bases her version of the Virgin Mary on a young Moor girl. The Inquisitors disapprove of Juana’s work, so rather than destroy it, she flees and finds herself in the custody of a former lover-turned-mother superior. At a reading presented by Maryland’s Center Stage and SPAIN arts & culture, the all-woman cast answers questions about sexuality, responsibility, and art while challenging conformity in a historic work that still feels timely today. The play begins at 7 p.m. at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. Free; reservations required. (202) 728-2334. spainculture.us.