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    AT&T:OnStage Grants Bestowed

    Grants for the production of six new plays and one musical have been made through AT&T:OnStage, the AT&T company's nonprofit theatre sponsorship program. U.S. recipients of the 1997 grants, which total nearly $500,000, are as

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    Louisville New Play Fest Eyes Talent and Diversity

    Read the titles of a few of the plays that made up this year's 21st annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville: "Private Eyes," "In Her Sight," "Polaroid Stories," "Misreadings," "Stars." Sight. Light. Doesn't it seem probable that a common theme runs ...

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    FEATURE-LENGTH SCREENPLAYS

    LJMI Productions is seeking feature-length comedy, thriller, and horror screenplays, one location preferred, also seeking writer to develop concept for future production. There is deferred pay. Send script or writing sample to P.O. Box 461075, L.A., CA 90046.

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    "XIRA"

    Colin Plank (prod.) is accepting submissions for Xira, a digital short about four teen popstar superhero girls who kick ass and rock. Four-day shoot starts Mar. 9. Copy, credit, and meals provided. There is no pay.

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    Goodman Optimistic About Tax Break For Broadway

    State Sen. Roy Goodman (R-Manhattan) said last week that he was optimistic about proposed legislation which could exempt Broadway producers from New York City's 4% share of the state sales and use

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    Encores! Scores a Fund Via Weisslers

    Barry and Fran Weissler, producers of the current revival of "Chicago"-- the first City Center Encores! production to transfer to Broadway--have created a fund to ensure that that show won't be the last unearthed musical to benefit from the popular

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    Notable Passings

    In 1996 the performing arts community bade farewell to its own, from Jonathan Larson, 35, to George Burns, 100. We will also miss:

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    A Life in the Theatre: Recalling 20 Years of Back Stage

    Let me open by wishing all of you a very happy New Year. And, begging a bit of self-indulgence, wishing myself a hearty congratulations! Friday, January 3, 1997, marks my 20th year as editor of Back Stage. Twenty years may seem like a long time in one position, but you ...

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    NEWS : Guild Merger Projects Deficit SAG/AFTRA, Seeing Red Early, May Consider New Dues Structure

    A proposed merger of two of the nation's major actors' unions could be facing a first-year deficit of $5 million, possibly leading to revision of the new organization's dues and fees structure to remove the