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    Actors, Directors See Marked Jump In Employment

    "Artists, as a group, participate in the economy in a way unparalleled by the rest of the work force," observe researchers Ann O. Kay and Stephyn G.W. Butcher. "Most workers are involved in creating the daily necessities of life. But artists are different. They participate in the creation of ...

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    New York City Opera Artists Authorize Strike

    The artists of the New York City Opera have voted to give the negotiating committee of their union, the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the authorization to call a strike against City Opera. The vote comes just weeks before the opera's season-opening production of "Macbeth," scheduled to premiere ...

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    "Jesus Christ,' It Was Smoky!

    Holy smoke-or, at least, the smoke surrounding Jesus of Nazareth-has filled the Ford Center for the Performing Arts since "Jesus Christ, Superstar" held its first preview there Thurs., March 23. Although Actors' Equity Association claims there is no problem with the revival's use of the smoke, it has been ...

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    Karen Kondazian's The Actor's Way - No Acting, PleaseFor "Party of Five" casting director

    Patrick Rush,less acting is more, and truth books.Patrick Rush is the seventh of eight children and, like many of his siblings before him, was a child actor--though in his case, briefly. After two commercials and subsequent teasing by his classmates, he gave up acting at the age of ...

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    PROFILE: Big Fish in a Big Pond - Tuna titans Joe Sears and Jaston Williams discuss their ongoing theatrical phenomenon.

    Austin-based acting/writing partners Joe Sears and Jaston Williams are two of the most successful men in American theatre. They met at an audition for a Shakespeare company in 1973, years later collaborated on a party skit about a couple of hick deejays, and voilà: Greater Tuna (initially bankrolled by ...

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    A Simpler Plan: L.A.'s Equity 99-Seat Plan gets a makeover, and the early reviews are mixed.

    After 11 years with a union code that guaranteed them small per-performance stipends for working in theatres under 99 seats, Los Angeles actors are getting a new version of the Equity 99-Seat Plan, known more popularly as Equity

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    Musicians' Local Protests "Fever' Orchestra Size

    The Broadway theatre orchestra musicians' union, Local 802, was scheduled to protest the reduced, 16-member orchestra playing for "Saturday Night Fever" at the Minskoff Theatre, in a leaflet distribution to audience members outside the theatre at 7 pm on Nov. 10. The union contract for that theatre calls for 24 ...

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    Obituaries

    William Goodhart, 74,

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    8 Sure Ways of Capturing An Agent's

    I got a phone call earlier this week from a young woman just starting out in her acting career. She paid $450 to a so-called "agency" (located in the W. 20s) which advertised in The Village Voice. The "agency" promised to send her picture-resume to agents and casting directors, and ...

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