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    LETTERS: A Few Weeks Ago

    Last week we listed a bit part we're casting in Back Stage West/Drama-Logue for the TV pilot The Aqua Girls (8/6/98). We have gone through Breakdown Services, Ltd. exclusively to cast the rest of the show, but since this is a nice part for a newer ...

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    - DANCE DIARY Pilar Rioja: Enthralling Spanish Dance

    Wherever in the world would you find a Spanish dance soloist who can return to New York for 24 seasons and not only hold audiences enthralled, but manage a two-month

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    Lortel Off-B'way Awards Scheduled for May 3

    The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers will present the 14th annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway, at 7 pm, on Mon., May 3, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, in Greenwich Village, NYC.

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    Clinton Veto Threat Will Aid NEA

    An arts advocacy stalwart has predicted that President Clinton's veto threat will help the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) not only survive, but maintain its present funding

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    Obituaries

    Robert Nachtmann,

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    New "State Fair" Equity Contract Drops Pay 50-75%

    Actors' Equity Association has specified a heavily reduced pay scale for the "potentially groundbreaking special agreement"--including wages, health and pension contributions--for "State Fair" 's controversial national

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    CENTERSTAGE: Commercial Appeal

    Call me naive, but I was surprised to see so many more people attending the commercials panels over the legit panels that were held as part of Back Stage's Actorfest the other week. Is it simply the financial reward that draws performers to TV commercials, or do some people ...

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    Manage This: Agents and managers are debating their evolving business like never before. What's in it for actors?

    Being able to say "talk to my manager" no doubt has its allure for many performers who see a personal manager on one's payroll (imagine having a payroll) as a sign of a career on the move. To others, a personal manager evokes images of self-indulgent nonsense on the ...