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    Judge Clears Path for Director's Rights Trial

    The question of whether stage directors can claim their work as copyrightable intellectual property has come one step closer to trial. A federal judge in Florida has denied a motion by Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre Company and its artistic director Michael Hall to dismiss a complaint by director Joe

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    bedded, "Will I see you again?" the actress responds, "Not as this character!"

    Thirteen doors lined up against the back wall play a big role here--at moments transformed into beds or screens for shadow-puppet plays; sometimes rolling about the stage like comic-strip characters, usually chasing the feckless K, but occasionally dipping down to the footlights to block the audience's vision for one ...

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    Mason, Leventhal To National Council

    The United States Senate has approved President Clinton's nominations of actress Marsha Mason and Nathan Leventhal, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to the 26-member National Council on the Arts. The council is the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts

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    In Bed With Goblins; Polly Pen's sensual musical gets L.A. premiere at Long Beach's ICT.

    Maybe name is destiny: While composer/actress Polly Pen has a wide range of experiences in theatre, in a recent phone interview with Back Stage West, she admitted, "I suppose if someone put a gun to my head and said I had to choose between writing or acting, I would ...

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    Italian-American Typing Pool

    The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA), will host an open panel discussion on stereotypes in casting, Wed., Nov. 17, at 6:30 pm, at the Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Ave. Admis-sion is free. Panelists include actor and screenwriter Victor Colicchio; Louis Ambrosio, president, Ambrosio-Johnston Man-agement; and writer-producer-director Joseph ...

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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 ...