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When the Theatre Conspiracy put out a call for scripts for its Emerging Women Playwrights Series, the troupe expected mostly local submissions. Instead, a lucky break on the Internet brought in scripts from all over, so the selectees hail from spots like Chicago and San Francisco. Their staged readings will be followed by discussions that, given the subject matter, ought to be animated. Imagine the chatter that will likely follow a coming-of-age fable involving biker chicks and the theft of the Mona Lisa (Perfect Women, Sunday at State of the Union, Aug. 31 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts); a playful look at the Empress of Byzantium (Theodora: An Unauthorized Biography, Monday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Sept. 1 at Clark Street Playhouse); and a quirky lesbian love story short enough to be paired with a teen rebellion drama (Marla’s Devotion and The Riversticks Cafe, Tuesday at Clark Street Playhouse, Aug. 30 at State of the Union). All shows at 7 p.m. at State of the Union, 1357 U St. NW; National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW; and Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Alexandria. Free. (202) 466-1629. (Bob Mondello)