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    "ROMEO & JULIET"

    Brian Spencer (dir.) will hold auditions for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Prod. Dustin Leonard. Rehearsals start Sept. 10. Performances run Oct. 19-Nov. 18 at the Broadway Playhouse. There is pay.

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    CAL SHAKES

    Shana Cooper (cstg. dir.) will hold auditions for the California Shakespeare Festival. Season to include: Cymbeline, The Skin of Our Teeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Twelfth Night. Rehearsals start May 1. Performances run through Oct. 7 in Berkeley. There is pay.

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    IN SHORT

    SAG Awards Nomination Ballots Due Jan.

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    Corrections

    Oops! In our "Where to Study" listing last week (Sept. 12, p. 54), Deborah Kym's phone number was incorrectly listed. She can be reached at (212)

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    Legendary Nerve: Elaine Stritch has never allowed anyone to give her less than she deserves.

    What becomes a legend most? In the case of Elaine Stritch, it's humor, candor, charisma, and one of the most diverse and extensive careers in American theatre, including musicals, dramas, stage, screen, and

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    RANDOM SIGHTINGS: Dysfunction Junction

    900 Oneonta was a play that had to be written. David Beaird had to write it. 900 Oneonta-not just the play, but the story of how it finally arrived onstage at the Odyssey-qualifies as some kind of

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    Performers, Take Note:

    The theatres and play development groups listed are a rich source of potential work for actors. Many maintain troupes which perform the work of several playwrights during the course of a year. Others maintain talent files which are open to directors, playwrights, and potential producers.

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    Back Stage West's Actorfest '99: A Day for Actors

    Saturday, April 17, 1999; 9 a.m. to 4

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    A Day at Fringe U: P.R. and Marketing Off-Off-Broadway

    For theatre professionals, an important unsung resource provided by the recent New York City Fringe Festival was Fringe U. Produced in association with PAR (Performing Arts Resources), Fringe U is the "thinking/talking" component of Fringe NYC.

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    Spreading the Word: Garnering Publicity for Your Play or Project

    Though this week's feature focuses on new-play development, I'm going to jump way ahead in the playwright's overall scheme and talk about the art of gathering press for a