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    WINTER/SPRING SPOTLIGHT ON ACTING SCHOOLS & COACHES: Quick Reference Guide

    For your convenience, Back Stage is providing a quick reference chart for the various acting schools and teachers. The six acting school categories below list by name or title in alphabetical

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    "Rent" Dramaturg Sues Larson Estate

    Lynn M. Thomson, the dramaturg who worked with Jonathan Larson on his musical "Rent," has filed suit against the dramatist-composer's estate, claiming authorship--in collaboration with Larson--of fully one third of the functioning

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    SPOTLIGHT ON SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAMS: Finding Direction - Summer directing programs are as scarce as the professional jobs they prepare you for, but they can be the first step toward the dream.

    "I'm an (actor-writer-producer-waiter), but what I really want to do is direct!" Or so the saying goes. If you're one of the individuals who proves the clich , then what better time than the laid-back summer months to chase your dreams of commandeering a cast,

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    Durst Wins Times Square Dismissal

    Douglas Durst, developer of the new Four Times Square tower, confirmed to Back Stage Tuesday that he had won a significant legal victory over dozens of area businesses forced to close last July after a personnel hoist collapsed during construction on the 48-story

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    "State Fair," Davidson Set Non-Union Tour

    Negotiations have broken down between producers of the upcoming tour of "State Fair" and Actors' Equity. The tour will go forth on a non-Equity basis, and its star, John Davidson, will have to resign from the

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    Food Local Sour on Merger

    Hollywood has one less labor union now that IATSE Motion Picture Crafts Services Local 727-the union that represents the men and women who serve food on Hollywood's TV and movie sets-has been forced to merge with IATSE Grips Local 80, the union whose members pull the camera dollies and ...

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    "HALF A PACT OF SUICIDES"

    Karin Jarlstedt (prod.) is accepting submissions for Half a Pact of Suicides, a 16mm sync-sound film for Cal State Long Beach about a man striving to fulfill a suicide pact. Dir. Erik Fetler. Two-weekend shoot starts Feb. 23. Copy, credit, and meals provided. There is no pay.

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    Care Bares For Grown-Ups

    In a naughty triple-X burlesque, a host of chorus boys and girls will strut their naked stuff at the 10th Annual Broadway Bares benefit: "The Best of Broadway Bares." This highly anticipated event will be held on Sun., June 11, with shows at 9:30 pm and 12 midnight at ...

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    Unions OK Ad Shoots: 150 Companies Sign Interim Agreement With SAG And AFTRA

    As the actors' strike against the advertising industry entered its second week, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television & Radio Artists officials said they have signed more than 150 companies to interim agreements allowing producers to shoot commercials on union terms during the

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    OBITURARIES

    Brendan Gill, 83, Writer,