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    SAG, ATA planning strategy as observers scratch heads

    And so begins the standoff. The Screen Actors Guild and the Association of Talent Agents were in an uneasy stalemate Monday as they began the process of navigating uncharted waters for actors and agents in the wake of the rejection by SAG members of the new agency franchise agreement.

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    Uncle Vanya

    "Uncle Vanya," presented by the MET Theatre, the Classical Theatre Lab, and Cedarburg Productions at the Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. Sun. 7 p.m., Mon.-Tues. 8 p.m. Apr. 21-May 21. $15. (323) 957-1152.

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    Neo A La Carte

    "Neo Ala Carte," presented by Theatre Neo at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, 6537 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. Apr. 5-May 11. $15. (323) 769-5858.

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    Andorra

    We are told that Max Frisch's 1961 "Andorra" is a lost masterpiece, that it was given a misguided 1963 Broadway production, that Michael Feingold's new translation is more faithful to the original, that current director Liviu Ciulei has cut the play's repetitions, and that "Andorra" is not ...

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    Win two tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of "Love Makes Things Happen"!

    "Love Makes Things Happen," the heartwarming story of a successful female executive who falls for a charming and single maintenance man, features a host of show-stopping musical performances written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and starring recording artists Kevon Edmonds (After 7), Coko (SWV), Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), and comedian Joe ...

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    This Could Be You!!

    BackStage.com is sponsoring their second Great American Headshot/Resume Competition. If you missed it the first time, here's your shot to be featured on BackStage.com

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    Equity Health Rates Rise

    Actors' Equity Association members on self-pay for their coverage from the Equity-League Health Trust Fund will receive an increase in rates on their next statements. Self-pay members are participants who are no longer covered by employer-paid contributions but remain on the plan.

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    Playwriting Competition Deadline May 1

    Repertorio Español and MetLife Foundation have recently announced "Nuestras Voces III" (Our Voices III), an annual competition which encourages playwrights to write plays that exemplify the spirit of the Hispanic people. Previous winners include Dolores Prida ("Casa Propia"), Jorge González ("Vieques"), both of which are running in repertory, and Jorge ...

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    There are many more opportunities for young

    There are many more opportunities for young actors currently. Ms. Chamis, a performer herself, has been teaching young actors for 24 years.

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    Suzan-Lori Parks wins Pulitzer for "Topdog/Underdog"

    Suzan-Lori Parks has just won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in drama for penning "Topdog/Underdog." Park's play, with a successful run at the Public Theatre last summer, began previews in March for its Broadway opening at the Ambassador Theatre.