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    NAACP to Check Casting System

    (BPI) The NAACP and a coalition of minority groups will hold hearings next week to explore the "lack of diversity" at the four major networks-hearings that were sparked by the dearth of major roles for black actors in the networks' fall

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    Final Hearing on NYC Budget Set for May 31

    The public's last chance to comment on the proposed 23.7 percent cut in New York City's arts budget arrives at noon Fri., May 31. At that time, the City Council's finance committee will begin taking public comments regarding Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's proposed fiscal 1997 budget.

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    Actors' Fund Moves Headquarters in Aug.

    The Actors' Fund of America has announced a move of its national headquarters. As of August 31, it will be located at 729 Seventh Ave. (on the corner of 49 St.), 10th fl., NYC 10019. The contact numbers for The Actors' Fund will remain the same; phone: (212) 221-7300, and ...

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    "JOHNNY NO LUCK"

    Jeff Bragg (dir.) is accepting submissions for Johnny No Luck, a high-end digital short with special effects, animation, and green-screen work. Shoot starts late Mar. Copy and credit provided. There is no pay.

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    Equity, TYA Agree to Pact: Three-Year Contract Sees 5% Rise in Weekly, Per-Performance Salaries

    Actors' Equity Association's national council has ratified a new three-year Theatre for Young Audiences

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    Pacific Overtures - Ovations Honor Composer/Lyricist's L.A. Connection

    Monday's fourth annual Ovation awards ceremony promises to be another night celebrating Los Angeles theatre. It will also be a night to celebrate composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who will be present to receive the Board of Governors Award for lifetime achievement in the

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    The 1997 Theatre LA Ovation Awards

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    STAGE"THE PASSION"

    "The Passion," a new drama in two acts for an Off-Off-Broadway production to open Sept. 27, by Warner Richards, directed by Stephen Stahl. Auditions will be held by appointment on Tues. Aug. 20 from 10AM-4PM at Eighth Avenue Studios, 939 8th Ave., Studio 3B, NYC. Casting--Katherine Hartfield: strong actress, 50s-60s ...