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    Met Opera Guild Teachers Strike

    The teaching artists at the Metropolitan Opera Guild (MOG), the fundraising organization for the Metropolitan Opera, went on strike this last Tuesday, Back Stage learned at press time. Teachers voted unanimously to authorize a strike for July 22 if MOG management did not grant union recognition to the American Federation ...

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    IATSE Endorses Gephardt

    At its annual midsummer meeting, the general executive board of the 104,000-member International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has endorsed the candidacy of Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) for president. It is the first time in the union's 110-year history that it has backed a candidate for the ...

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    Kevin Richardson Returning to 'Chicago'

    "Backstreet Boy" Kevin Richardson is going back to "Chicago."

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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    If you're going to do theatre in the park, there's no better choice than "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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    Move to Exit

    Slick and smartly danced, "(move to exit.)," presented by Kinetic Dance Theater at Dance Forum, is almost plagiaristic in its borrowings from Bob Fosse.

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    Ground Zero Redevelopment Seeks Arts Groups

    The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) has announced a "worldwide initiative" designed to solicit proposals from arts and culture groups who wish to partake in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. While there has long been interest in the arts playing a significant role in any rebuilding, the ...

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    WWE Films Catch Pitch by McElroy

    WWE Films has smacked down a high-six-figure sum for an untitled action pitch by "Spawn" screenwriter Alan McElroy. The pitch is being developed as one of the first features for World Wrestling Entertainment's Los Angeles-based film division, which is headed by president Joel Simon.

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    Technique: This cold reading class based on

    Technique: This cold reading class based on Michael Shurtleff's AUDITION uses improvisation to help you RISK. Go further than you dare. Show more aspects of yourself. We also do cold reading scenes and script analysis. Rise above your competition!

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    Gioia: Lean NEA is Best

    In his recent appearance before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, went further than ever before in articulating an overarching philosophy and vision for the once-embattled agency.

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    The Seventh Monarch

    "The Seventh Monarch," presented by the Road Theatre Company at Deaf West Theatre's S. Mark Taper Foundation Playhouse, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. June 14-Aug. 16. $20. (323) 655-8587.