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    In its fourteenth year, the Kennedy Center Fund fo

    In its fourteenth year, the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays has awarded grants to three new plays.

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    Incendiary Charm

    "The English theatre is so tame and moribund, if you meow you're called a madman!" Thus asserts the 64-year-old, British-born actor-writer-director Steven Berkoff, who insists his public image of cultural provocateur is overblown. "In England, a 20-watt bulb is controversial."

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    Legit Pros Outstanding in Outdoor Field in KY

    Professionals from outdoor theatres across America will convene Oct. 18-21 in Prestonburg, KY, the locale of the Jenny Wiley Theatre, for the 38th annual National Conference on Outdoor Drama.

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    The Indie Film/ Television Connection

    "Backlot Buzz" has presented several columns on the indie film/theatre connection, but this week we're coming closer to home—to the living room to be exact—to discuss the burgeoning connections between the worlds of New York television and independent film production.

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    Write On, Young Playwrights!

    Budding dramatists across America are writing, rewriting, and re-rewriting dramas, comedies, farces, and other kinds of stage works, a sure sign that the annual Young Playwrights, Inc. (YPI) competition is nearing its deadline.

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    african-american dancers

    Diverse dance company is seeking proficient African-American dancers. Must be interested in community outreach in addition to performing. If interested, fax resumes to Shari Houtman at (212) 757-4198; or email shari@michaelmaodance.org . Pay. NON-UNION PERFORMERS.

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    Black, Latino Roles Up, Say SAG Figures

    Current employment statistics released last week by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) revealed an increase in roles going to African-American and Latino performers in 1999. SAG's figures also showed more roles going to men than women, and to younger performers under 40 years of age.

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    Where to Deduct

    This week we'll wrap up our discussion of Itemized Deductions by exploring "Miscellaneous Deductions." When people itemize deductions, the area called miscellaneous deductions is where they usually place the professional expenses they've incurred over the past year. These expenses might include out-of-town costs, lessons, photos, commissions to agents ...

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