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    NEWS WIRE - Off the Wire

    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA -- An eclectic mix of new play readings will be accompanied by several other events during the 20th anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sept. 10-21 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. The purpose of this writer-focused fest is to enable playwrights to develop new works for the American ...

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    Jacobs Award

    The Theatre Group of The Entertainment, Media & Communications Division of the UJA-Federation of New York is holding the first Bernard B. Jacobs Excellence in the Theatre Award Dinner on Mon., Sept. 29, at 6:30 pm, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. James M. Nederlander, chairman emeritus of ...

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    Kennedy Center Seeks New American Plays

    The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays is seeking grant proposals from American professional non-profit theatres for its 2000 awards. Any such theatre may apply for financial support for one new play to hold its world premiere between Nov. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2001. The deadline for submissions ...

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    Memorial Grants Deadline Nov. 30

    The 1997 Annual Memorial Grant Awards will be given to 30 performing arts companies on March 10, 1997. Deadline for nominations is Nov.

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    Ohio Critics Bestow Honors

    The Central Ohio Theatre Critics Circle has presented its fourth-annual citations.

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    BIT PARTS : Shift in "Power"?

    Alan Arkin and Elaine May's newest collaboration, "Power Plays," is popular with critics and audiences. So Arkin and May are pulling a "power play" of their own. The two, who co-wrote and co-directed the production, as well as co-star, along with their respective offspring, will leave the show, reportedly ...

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    The 1997 Bistro Awards-- And the Winner Is

    A man who plays Marlene Dietrich; an all-female 15-piece swing jazz orchestra; a musical revue about a wandering troupe of cabaret performers in Finland, 1919. These are just a few of the 36 recipients of Back Stage's 1997 Bistro Awards--expressing the diversity of talent and ideas being showcased in ...

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    Was "Fever' Firing Retaliation?

    The dismissal of the "Saturday Night Fever" stage manager and the subsequent resignation of his three assistants last week appear to be grounds for an Actors' Equity investigation into the possibility of retaliation on the part of the show's producers. Perry Cline, the veteran stage manager of a dozen ...