Carrboro’s ArtsCenter offers a free staged reading of Winston-Salem playwright Nathan Ross’ “Hannah Elias” on Sunday. The plot concerns an African-American woman paid for her services by wealthy white men. She uses her earnings to help other African-Americans escape dire poverty. Noted area actors Jade Arnold and Carly Prentice Jones head the cast. 3 p.m. artscenterlive.org.
• Transactors Improv Company uses long-form structure to add arcs to the ongoing series, “The Explorers.” Friday’s episode takes audience suggestions to shape its narrative about visiting strange locales with exotic customs. Common Ground Theatre, Durham. 8 p.m. $10-$14. Transactors.org.