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    PLAYWRIGHTS' CORNER - Two Useful Books

    Most books on the craft of dramatic writing leave me cold. Some I think wrong-headedly discuss playwriting as a branch of literature. (I don't think it is; I think it's an extension of acting.) Some offer prescriptive formulae that encourage cookie-cutter construction. (Syd Field and his paradigm come ...

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    Non-Traditional Casting Updating Actors Files

    The Non-Traditional Casting Project (NTCP), established in 1987, is updating its Artists Files, a national talent bank. Artists of color (African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, and Native American) and artists who are deaf or hard of hearing, are blind, or suffer from low vision, or who are ambulatory disabled, are ...

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    End of the Year: A Time for Reflection and Celebration

    Notice how the start of a new year motivates us--in a positive way--to do things differently with our lives: "This year I'm going to pursue my acting career full time," or, "Starting in January, I'm going to start taking dance lessons again," or, "My New Year's resolution ...

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    Shirley Stoler, 70, Film-TV

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR - Work Ethic

    While most child stars have difficulty making the transition into more adult roles, 17-year-old Christina Ricci has flourished. Ricci, whose previous credits include The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Casper, Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain, Now and Then, and That Darn Cat, can currently be seen in her ...

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    Face to Face"Phaedra in Delirium": Kathleen Chalfant Is No Angel

    As "Phaedra in Delirium" begins, Kathleen Chalfant in the title role stares at herself in the mirror, an expression of disbelief and loss. In this contemporary slant on Euripides' classic story of forbidden lust, playwright Susan Yankowitz uses the myth of Phaedra, a wife who falls in love with her ...

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    ABC Engulfs Touchstone Restructure Includes Network Employees Moving from NY to LA

    (BPI) LOS ANGELES-In an effort to cut costs and step up in-house production, Touchstone Television Prods. under Lloyd Braun has confirmed that it will merge with ABC to form a new entertainment

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    Arthur Miller and Richard Greenberg

    Arthur Miller and Richard Greenberg are the first recipients of two significant new awards for playwrights, one for a master American dramatist and the other for an American playwright in

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    York Theatre Is Down, But Not Out

    Though the financial problems of the York Theatre Company have been severe enough to postpone one of its productions, Artistic Director James Morgan is cautiously optimistic about the company's