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An African-American attorney with a career on the rise is shocked to discover she has an Iraqi half-sister, who comes to the United States with a questionable agenda, in Wendy Graf’s newest play, Closely Related Keys, a hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures. Directed by Shirley Jo Finney, the world premiere of Closely Related Keys opens Feb. 22 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

Starring L.A. Weekly and NAACP Award winner Diarra Kilpatrick (In the Red and Brown Water at the Fountain, The Royale at Kirk Douglas), Simone Missick (the road weeps the well runs dry at LATC, In the Red and Brown Water), Brent Jennings (Slaughter City at Son of Semele, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Berkeley Rep), Jeff Lorch (A View From the Bridge at PRT, Modigliani at Open Fist) and Adam Meir (UK tour of The Pillowman), Closely Related Keys examines the walls we erect in our current climate of racial, religious, moral and political polarization.

Culture Spot LA readers can win a pair of free tickets to the performance on Thursday, March 6, at 8 p.m. Email editor@culturespotla.com with “Closely Related Keys” in the subject line to be entered in the drawing.

Closely Related Keys runs Feb. 28 through March 30 at the Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood 90038. (Preview performance on Feb. 27) Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. For tickets, call (323) 960-7774 or visit www.plays411.com/relatedkeys.