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    SAG Northern Exposure a Contract Key - Guild Wants More Authority in Production-Heavy Canadian Frontier

    The flow of American film and TV production into Canada has become a major bone of contention in ongoing negotiations for a new Screen Actors Guild contract--talks that should have reached their deadline as of the evening of Apr. 2. One of the SAG's chief goals is to extend ...

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    Chicago Theatre League Names New Executive

    The League of Chicago Theatres (LCT) has named Marj Halperin as its new executive director. The appointment, which follows an eight-month search, fills a leadership vacuum that began last December when Tony Sertich resigned the position under

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    Chi's Jeffs Honor "Salesman,' Robin

    CHICAGO-The Goodman Theatre production of "Death of a Salesman" paralleled its Tony Award triumphs at the 31st annual Joseph Jefferson Awards last Monday night, sweeping top honors for a play including outstanding production, direction (Robert Falls), actor (Brian Dennehy) and supporting actress (Elizabeth Franz).

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    Canadian Court Turns New Leaf with Livent Drabinsky May Seek Non-U.S. Jurisdiction

    Following a court decision announced Oct. 22, Livent received a crucial report from the accounting firm KPMG Canada, which the Canadian theatre production company believes will provide an "objective account of the facts" in its effort to restate its financials. Livent is defending a class action suit in the United ...

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    SAG "MOVE"s Members: Rank-and-Filer Mobilizes Union Peers

    In mid-January, Michael P. Byrne exercised his right as a dues-paying member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). He stood for his allowed three minutes before the union's General Membership meeting, holding a postcard. He emphasized that‹if the guild would simply reach out and invite members to get ...

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    Actors We Love: Tracy Middendorf - Southern Soul

    Southern-bred actress Tracy Middendorf has successfully played a variety of roles, but her innate qualities of intelligence, Dixie grace, and vulnerability give her a special affinity for the tragi-comic women characters who inhabit the ethereal Tennessee Williams terrain. Middendorf is currently breaking audiences' hearts with her shattering performance as the ...

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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 ...