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    Drama Dept. Makes Film Deal

    Drama Dept., a nonprofit theatre formed last year and populated with some of New York's best-known actors and writers, has secured a two-year development deal with New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features. The deal will underwrite upcoming workshops of new plays by company member playwrights Douglas Carter Beane ...

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    IATSE, League Agree

    Leaders of the Broadway stagehands' union and theatre-producers' organization have agreed to a new three-year contract.

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    PLAYWRIGHTS' CORNER - Falling in Love With the One-Act

    I'm involved with an organization that is planning a series of productions designed to introduce new playwrights. Some of these writers were dismayed when the organization's administrators announced that not all of the writers will be represented by productions of premieres of full- length plays. Most will probably ...

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    PROFILE: Solo Voice

    Michele Mais has found that the best way to survive as a West Coast singer is to stand out from the

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    Wager Exits D.C. Stage for Wider Arena

    Arena Stage's Artistic Director Douglas Wager will leave his post at the end of the 1997-98 season. Wager has helmed the Washington, D.C., theatre since

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    IN SHORT

    Liza Minnelli to Be

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    Critic's Picks

    ¥ ACME Schmacme, presented by and at the ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Through July 25. (213)

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    Masur Allies Label Ballot Miscount a Blunder

    Supporters of Screen Actors Guild president Richard Masur have posted a new theory on their Website that purports to explain last year's controversial miscounting of ballots in SAG's National Executive Committee election. According to this theory, the miscount was the result of human error, not fraud. It holds ...