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Some companies barely muster enough resources to stage three plays over the course of an entire season. The organizers behind the inaugural Hatchery Festival, however, plan to offer three workshop productions in the span of three weeks. The festival features two works (Snow Falling Fast and The Disappearance of Janey Jones) developed by playwrights in the MFA program at the University of Iowa, where some of the company members of the Hatchery first became acquainted as undergrads. A third play, The Woodpecker, follows a glue-sniffing military recruit and promises to tap into a dark comedic vein. Artistic Director Jessica Burgess warns that production values will be modest, with the shape of the scripts being the company’s primary concern: “What you see will be about 80 percent to the finish line, in terms of staging. Right now, we’re looking at helping emerging playwrights find their theatrical voices.” Snow Falling Fast runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with matinees at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; the festival runs to Sunday, Aug. 20, at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $15. (202) 462-7833. (Nick Green)