SOMETHING for everyone: Source Theater's sixth annual Washington Theater Festival continues through August 10.

The festival provides a first look at new work, a chance to find diamonds in the rough: Several plays from previous years have gone on to full productions at Source and elsewhere.

The 49 plays in this year's festival, selected from 387 entries in a national playwriting competition sponsored by Source, will be presented by Source's pool of 125 actors and directors.

This year, festival organizers have scheduled too much even for Source's two always-busy stages -- the Main Stage at 1809 14th St. NW and the Warehouse Rep at 1835 14th St. NW. So live theater is moving outdoors, into the atmospheric alley behind the Warehouse Rep with some outre' offerings, such as "Women Behind Bars," currently playing through August 2. More "Alley Theater" follows.

Other festival fringe events include an evening of winners of Source's first-ever 10-minute play contest, including Source director Phil Setren's "Gidget on Drugs" (July 27); a mini-marathon evening of one-woman shows and sketches by six actresses (August 3); and on Fridays and Saturdays at midnight at the Main Stage, the eerie art film "Persistence of Vision," starring well-known area actors Steven Dawn and Kathryn Kelley.

Ticket prices range from $5 to $8. For a festival schedule brochure, stop by Source Main Stage, or call 462-1073.