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    Dana Plato, "Diff'rent Strokes" Star, Dead from Overdose at 34

    Actress Dana Plato, who starred on the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," died of an apparent drug overdose at the home of her fianc , Robert Menchaca, in Moore, Okla., on Sat., May 8. Plato has a 14-year-old son, Tyler Lambert, of Tulsa, Okla., from a previous

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    The 'It' Guy

    Duncan Stewart is responsible for hiring actors for every role in the Broadway, London, and international touring companies of the Kander and Ebb musicalChicago.

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    book review

    ell-organized and thorough, this book is a helpful resource for any college-bound high school student interested in a film, television, or digital media program, or anyone seeking to continue studies in a similarly focused graduate program. Before listing 556 programs at 215 colleges and universities nationwide, the book offers common-sense ...

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    Actors: What Are You Doing During Strike?

    If you are an actor whose work has been disrupted by the strike, Back Stage would like to hear from you. What are you doing to stay busy, acting-wise?

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    Striking Writers Try to Appeal to Wall Street

    A second week of picketing in Manhattan resumed Tuesday with striking film and TV writers bringing the battle to Wall Street.

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    Doling for Dollars

    Just four weeks after announcing the creation of an unprecedented $50 million dollar fund to assist "New York City cultural and performing arts organizations" directly affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Mellon Foundation has announced its first three recipients. The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (ART/NY ...

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    NBC Brings Web Series 'Quarterlife' to TV

    NBC will begin airing the Web series "Quarterlife" on its television network early next year.

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    B'way Show League

    Following are the scores from the Broadway Show League's playoff games on Thurs., July 18:

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    The Queens

    "The Queens," presented by and at City Garage, 1340 1/2 4th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 5:30 p.m. May 11-June 17. $10-20. (310) 319-9939.

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    Off-Off-Broadway Theatres Upgrade Equity Contracts

    Four Off-Off-Broadway nonprofit theatre companies—AMAS Musical Theatre, Broken Watch, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, and Rattlestick Productions—will advance from Equity Showcase production status to Letter of Agreement (LOA) contracts for their 2002-2003 seasons. Actors' Equity Association representative Rick Berg hailed the upgrade in contract status as a "very significant and ...