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    ACTOR'S ACTOR: Gail Shapiro - Serving Cymbeline

    In the early 1990s, when the co-artistic director of a new classical theatre company in Glendale was looking for an actress to play the role of Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, he recalled one of the finest actors of his undergrad days in Chicago, and fortunately she was

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    LAUGHING MATTERS: Wait a Minute, Mister Postman

    Since Back Stage has moved to a new mailing address, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about mailings. If you're a comic booked to do a regular show (versus pre-shows and open mikes), your club-if it books far enough in advance-may regularly send out listings ...

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    TALENT BEAT

    Kel Symons has been promoted to director of development for Paramount-based Mace Neufeld Productions, as reported in Daily Vartiety (8/28/98). A screenwriting graduate of the American Film Institute, Symons has taken on development for several projects including The General's Daughter, starring Madeline Stowe and John Travolta, directed ...

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    FACE TO FACE: Theodore Bikel - A Star

    At first, actor Theodore Bikel says audience makeup does not determine the acting challenges. On second thought, he admits there is a potential pitfall in playing Gabe, an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor, for a largely Jewish audience at Off-Broadway's Jewish Repertory

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    Ethnic Groups See NYSCA Grants

    Several ethnic theatre and dance companies and presenting organizations received funding in the latest round of grants in the field of Performing Arts from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Most of the grants were awarded in the categories of general operating support or artists' fees, although ...

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    Elizabeth Marvel Creates A New Woman in "Misalliance"

    After crash-landing onto the set, a family home, in George Bernard Shaw's "Misalli-ance"--just opened at Broadway's Roundabout Theatre Company--co-pilot Lina Szczepanowska (Elizabeth Marvel) says absolutely nothing. It's pure defiance. Hands on hips, bust thrust forward, and unabashedly unapologetic--this is an early 20th-century feminist--she just watches. Her ...

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    Home is Where the Actors' Hearts Are

    Good news for older performance professionals who are finding it difficult to surmount the problems of high rents and solo living: The Actors' Fund of America operates two residences in Englewood, NJ that are now accepting applications from prospective

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    Roundabout Tables "Cabaret" Till 1998

    The Roundabout Theatre Company and British director Sam Mendes have decided to postpone their production of "Cabaret," originally planned for January 1997, until the spring of

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    ACTORS' DIALOGUE: Georg Stanford Brown & Kathryn Dora Brown

    "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders," wrote author James Baldwin in Nobody Knows My Name, "but they have never failed to imitate them." The relationship of Cuban actor Georg Stanford Brown and his daughter Kathryn Dora Brown (whose mother is actress Tyne Daly) proves no ...