Now in its fifth year, this Tennessee Repertory Theatre-hosted program in support of emerging plays and playwrights reaches culmination with a series of staged readings. This year’s group of regional writers — Andrew Kramer, Kenley Smith, Michael Erickson and Nate Eppler — have enjoyed the opportunity of being mentored by Steven Dietz, a highly successful dramatist (Yankee Tavern, Becky’s New Car, etc.), the recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship, and also the author of his own work in development, Rancho Mirage. Under the direction of Lauren Shouse, the festival enlists professional actors to perform the readings, which happen at two separate venues. Eppler’s Larries, Smith’s Empires of Eternal Void, Kramer’s Crying for Lions and Erickson’s Honor Student will be staged on an alternating schedule through June 6 at the Rep’s Rehearsal Hall (161 Rains Ave., in Nashville Public Television’s Studio A); Rancho Mirage is performed June 7-9 at Nashville Children’s Theatre (25 Middleton St.). Admission is free for Rep season subscribers. Tickets are available at the door or call 244-4878.