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    The Year in News: All the performance news that was fit to print in 1999.

    From SAG upheavals to scam bills galore, it's been an exciting year for West Coast actors. The following is a condensed version of many of the stories Back Stage West covered over the year, as part of its ongoing mission to keep our readers up-to-date on everything that concerns ...

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    IN SHORT

    BC/EFA "Playwrights" Raise

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    "Lawyers" in Session at the Emelin

    Kevin Conway and Keir Dullea star in an original new play, "Lawyers," by Henry G. Miller, which opens Thurs., May 28, for a three-week run at the Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, NY. John Berry is the director. Produced by the Emelin in arrangement with Producer Arthur Cantor, the show will move ...

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    Women Playwrights Worldwide Support Jailed Indonesian Artist

    In recent days, the international news media has been casting eyes on turmoil in Indonesia. The Asian country--with a population of 210 million--has witnessed riots and calls for the resignation of its 30-year leader, President

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    Indonesia Releases Noted Playwright, Drained but Active

    The Indonesian government has freed activist playwright Ratna Sarumpaet following a sudden, warp-speed trial which allowed for no defense rebuttal. Considered the country's most noted woman dramatist, Sarumpaet had been jailed for more than two months for anti-government activity. Despite obvious exhaustion, she immediately began public speaking after her ...

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    Two Eliot Feld Dancers Are "On the Town"

    "New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!" There are the Nedicks sign, the subway platform, the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island. The saws are buzzing, the hammers thumping; a lamp post that was red when I arrived is black when I leave; the stage crew, undaunted by the 90-degree ...

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    A CAPPELLA CHORUS

    Verdugo Hills Showtime Chorus is seeking singers, all voice ranges, lower voices especially needed for Pasadena-based women's a capella chorus. For information call (818) 500-1063.

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    "DONNIE & LUKA"

    Mehrad Brooks (dir.) will hold auditions for Donnie & Luka, a non-sync-sound 16mm film for USC about two lifelong friends turned hitmen struggling emotionally with their latest assignment. 10-day shoot starts Feb. 23. Copy, credit, and meals provided. There is no pay.

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    Carnegie Study: Drama Tops For Learning

    A decade-long nationwide study of youth organizations espouses drama programs' power to instill strong values for language and

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    This Is Our Youth

    Though it's rare to find a truly original story anymore, David Gordon Green has attempted to do just that with his debut feature, George Washington—a film that, refreshingly, has nothing to do with presidential matters. Instead, the title of the picture refers to an impoverished, introverted 13-year-old African ...