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Atlanta-based playwright Tyler Perry packs in local audiences every time one of his gospel musicals hits D.C., but entertaining theater created by and cast with African-Americans can be found without depending on interlopers. For more than a decade, the Washington-based Black Women Playwrights’ Group has provided a network to “support, promote, and refine” the works of up-and-coming scribes. The group celebrates its 14th anniversary with “Spell #14,” an evening that premieres five works exploring the surrealghosts, fantasies, and haunting memories. Working within the theme of mysticism, the participating playwrights offer up smart prose and intriguing characters, such as the ghost of a 19th-century slave catcher and a woman who gossips about funerals with insight, poignancy, and just as much spunk as Perry’s Madea. Discover the next Suzan-Lori Parks when the production opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Studio Theatre, 1333 P St. NW. $20. (800) 494-8497. (Sarah Godfrey)