Brookside Repertory Theatre pops up every year or two with its series of seasonal short plays by local writers. After its last go-round at San Francisco's Phoenix in 2005, it's back again with Holiday Shorts IV, this time in the ballroom of the Claremont Resort & Spa. Directed by Robert Hamm, the Sunday afternoon offerings include staged readings of six new plays by Thomas H. Bryan, Risa Nye, Donna LaFlamme, Hillary K. Hann, Nancy Cooper Frank, and Pam Gutman, plus reruns of a couple of favorites from the last batch by Stephen D. Gutierrez and Mae ZiglinMeidav. Staged readings are usually free, but included in the steep $75 admission for this one-shot event is lunch at the Claremont. Dec. 16 at the Claremont Resort & Spa, Berkeley.Brookside-Art.org or 510-549-8512.