From May 6– 9, 2015, four new plays were given their first readings in front of a live audience as part of PlaySmelter, Sudbury’s festival of new play readings. Homegrown writers Sarah Gartshore, Mitchell Gauvin, and Nina Nesseth joined North Bay’s Kristin Shepherd in this initiative, produced by Pat the Dog Theatre Creation. The series, now in its third year, offered the rare opportunity for an audience to get their hands dirty by participating in the development of these exciting works-in-progress.