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    The Year's Top Stories - A look back at our fifth year covering the art and business of performing

    In its fifth year of publication, Back Stage West continued to report on the top stories in the West Coast performance arena, from the merger talks between SAG and AFTRA to the impact the Internet has on casting to Back Stage West's own theatre awards and ActorFest. Perhaps the ...

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    EQUITY STAGE

    EQ. DT, "EDUCATING

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    EXTRAS, "THE CROSS"

    Barbara Kraft (prod.) is accepting submissions for extras for The Cross, a 35mm period piece about the crucifiction of Christ, his family, and closest disciples. Dir. Lance Tracey. Four-day shoot starts Feb. 20. Copy and meals provided. There is pay.

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    OBITUARIES

    Fredi Dundee, 69, Cabaret

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    "DAVID MCGRAW'S ROMEO & JULIET"

    David McGaw (dir.) is accepting submissions for David McGraw's Romeo & Juliet, a rock musical version of Shakespeare's classic play. Prod. Ginger Wade. Rehearsals start Feb. 18. Performance Mar. 18 at the La Cienega Center.

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    "PANTOMIME"

    David Malki (dir.) is accepting submissions for Pantomime, a non-sync-sound 16mm film for Chapman University about a mime who learns what she's been missing. Three-day shoot starts Mar. 2. Copy, credit, and meals provided. There is no pay.

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    Corrections

    In the list of Tony nominees in the May 12 issue, we mistakenly stated Jonathan Tunick was nominated for his orchestrations for "Saturday Night." He is nominated for "Marie Christine." In the same issue, Canadian actor Henry Czerny of "Arms and the Man" was misidentified as American in our list ...

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    Democracy Rules: Poised between elegance and anarchy, Tracy Young and her Actors' Gang cast reveal the rehearsal rewards of Composition work.

    "This piece is really about mystery. It's about questions and not answers. Being about questions, about mystery, it's even more open than the Composition-made plays I've worked on in the past, which means having to define this piece has been a