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    Industry Insider

    If you're lucky enough to score an audition with writer-director Scott Frank, there's one thing he wants you to know: Don't be afraid to challenge him. "I love actors who can talk about the story and who can interpret something in a way you don't expect ...

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    TNA Names New Executive Director

    Theatre for a New Audience has named Jaan W. Whitehead as its first executive director. Whitehead will begin in the post on Sept.

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    New York State Filmmaking Rises

    A dramatic rise in shootings in New York over the past year has led to congratulations from Gov. George Pataki. But the activity doesn't involve crime. The gov is celebrating an increase filming in the State of New York, and a rise in jobs as a result.

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    Cast Changes

    On March 2, "Cabaret" said "Wilkommen" to two new faces. On Tuesday, Boyd Gaines took over the role of Clifford Bradshaw. Gaines was last seen in the Roundabout productions of "She Loves Me" and "Company." Also on that date, Mary McCormack, took over for Jennifer Jason Leigh as Sally Bowles.

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    Sexual Politics: Words...

    "What we're seeing now-and it's reflected in the women's plays-are women redefining what feminism is and what they

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    >"Fighting the Clock." Twenty-four

    >"Fighting the Clock." Twenty-four artists, split into four random teams—a playwright, director, fight choreographer, and actors—create a 10- to 15-minute play in less than two days, with the results presented at this hourlong show. The playwrights will receive an object associated with Scotland that must be intrinsic to ...

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    "ROMEO & JULIET"

    Brian Spencer (dir.) will hold auditions for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Prod. Dustin Leonard. Rehearsals start Sept. 10. Performances run Oct. 19-Nov. 18 at the Broadway Playhouse. There is pay.

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    Jolie to Play Widow of Journalist Daniel Pearl

    Actress Angelina Jolie will star in a movie as the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, trade paper Daily Variety reported in its Thursday edition.

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    NYC Auditions at a Glance

    Culled from the hundreds of casting and job notices listed daily on BackStage.com, below are this week's audition highlights for the East Coast, organized by the day the auditions are being held.

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    NYPA Eyes Runaway

    The New York Production Alliance has met with city officials both to show support for rebuilding New York City's economy, as well as remind leaders of the importance of film and television production to the fiscal reconstruction effort.