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    LETTERS

    Back Stage welcomes letters on performing arts issues. Each letter should include the writer's address and phone number, is subject to editing, and must be limited to 250

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    Blue

    Phylicia Rashad from "The Cosby Show" fame, stars in Charles Randolph-Wright's play.

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    Film Festivals

    BACK STAGE WEST'S FILM FESTIVAL GUIDE 2002

    TOP NORTH AMERICAN FILM FESTIVALS plus ADDITIONAL FILM FESTIVALS IN THE UNITED STATES/CANADA.

    TOP NORTH AMERICAN FILM FESTIVALS

    (in alphabetical order):

    IFP/WEST LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL

    c/o IFP/West

    8750 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Fl.

    Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2713

    Phone ...

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    Coriolanus

    Knightsbridge Theatre

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    Replacing in a Role

    Actors replace other actors in long-running shows in a variety of circumstances, most of them fraught in one way or another. Some actors follow the role's originator, others have to play iconic characters, and still others must tackle particularly difficult parts.

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    Zack Gold

    As soon as he was called in to read for the role of Simey in John B. Keane's The Year of the Hiker last fall at Theatre Banshee in Burbank, Calif., a part he'd submitted for after seeing the casting notice on BackStage.com, Zack Gold got right ...

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    Favorite Memory of Acting in N.Y.?

    "It was opening night of the Aegean Theatre Company's production of 'Reckless' by Craig Lucas."

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    Dariean Henderson

    Having faith is important for all aspiring actors. But Dariean Henderson's faith factored in a little more when the actor responded last year to a notice for a nonunion feature called "True Riches."

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    'Brighton Beach' Bombs

    Broadway is still reeling from the abrupt closing Sunday of the revival of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" after only nine performances.