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    CAL SHAKES

    Shana Cooper (cstg. dir.) will hold auditions for the California Shakespeare Festival. Season to include: Cymbeline, The Skin of Our Teeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Twelfth Night. Rehearsals start May 1. Performances run through Oct. 7 in Berkeley.

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    Hundreds Expected For Arts Day In Albany

    Between 300 and 400 pro-arts New Yorkers are expected to gather in Albany on Tues., March 4, for the annual Arts Day, when statewide forces rally and urge legislators to increase arts

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    DCA Funding for Only Two Months

    Larger arts organizations and some summer programs have received only two months of funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), while other arts groups remain in the dark about whether any monies will be forthcoming. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's withholding arts funds as a part of ...

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    ACTORS WE LOVE - Alfre Woodard: Grounded

    It seems fitting that accomplished actress Alfre Woodard sees herself as an "Everywoman role model." Having garnered numerous awards and nominations for her superb characterizations, Woodard also finds time to be a wife and mother of two, as well as co-founder of the charity organization Artists for a New South ...

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    British Equity Submits in Dispute

    British Equity has proved itself willing to lose face in an attempt to resolve its regional-theatre pay dispute with the Theatrical Management Association (TMA). Equity told members, in a letter circulated this week, that it had withdrawn its instruction not to sign contracts with commercial regional theatres.

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    How Do You Get an Agent? Back Stage West attempts to answer the one question that plagues all actors at some point in their careers.

    For actors today, it is comparable to that ancient quest for the Holy Grail, or the timeless pursuits of liberty, happiness-or Mr. Right. But procuring the representation of a talent agent is arguably the most daunting of these tasks, at least for your average struggling performer in Hollywood. It is ...

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    A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

    There is no better venue for Shakespeare's comedy of love and magic than the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Better yet, this is practically the definitive production of this play, back for its sixth season and very well worth revisiting. We saw it two years ago and busted a gut ...

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    The Edinburgh Festival Fringe: A Way-Out-of-Town Tryout

    The idea of producing a showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe may seem a little daunting. Think about it. How do you manage to find a performance venue in a city you know nothing about? How do you bring your cast and production crew over on a minimal budget? Find ...

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    Homefront Closes, "Party" Looks for Hall

    The former New David Cinema's short second life as Homefront, a combination legitimate stage and bed and breakfast, came to a close on Fri., Feb. 13. Owner Mike Davis failed to come up with $140,000 owed his landlord. According to producer Richmond Shepard, whose production of "Tallulah's ...