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    Primus Prize Honors Shephard-Massat

    S.M. Shephard-Massat is the winner of the fourth annual Francesca Primus Playwriting Prize for "Someplace Soft to Fall." The latter is a family drama, centering on the evolving relationship between two sisters in the wake of a family member's death.

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    AFA, NASAA Schedule First Meeting

    Funny it hasn't happened before. But two of the mainstays that helped the National Endowment for the Arts survive, and which fuse the efforts of state and local arts organizations, have decided on their first joint convening to explore and expand the arts impact throughout the United States.

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    Corrections

    Last week's story, "Incumbents Sweep AEA Elections" was based on a list of Actors' Equity council members for the current year rather than last year, and therefore contained misinformation. The following people elected to the council in the Eastern Region were non-incumbents: Paige Price, Michael Mulheren, Jason C. Kane ...

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    Darwin's Lil' Bitches

    "Darwin's Lil' Bitches," presented by and at bang. Improv Studio, 457 N. Fairfax Ave., Hollywood. Thurs. 8 p.m. May 3-May 31. $8. (323) 653-6886.

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    TheatreVirginia Names Ambush New AD

    TheatreVirginia, a LORT C theatre company established in 1954, has named Benny Sato Ambush as its new artistic director, effective sometime in July. Currently, Ambush is director of the Institute for Teledramatic Arts and Technology at California State University at Monterey Bay. He has been a longtime fixture in Northern ...

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    Coens, Lynch Are Back at Cannes

    While others clamor for a coveted spot at the film festival, these U.S. filmmakers are part of an elite group that gets invited again and again.

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    Head Games

    "Head Games," presented by Richard B. Warsk & Carole Black in association with the Lillian Group at the Lillian Theatre, 1076 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Apr. 6-May 27. $20-25. (323) 930-9304.

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    NEA Awards $54M Nationally; NYS Gets $5.7M

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in its second major funding round of fiscal 2001, has awarded 832 grants totaling $53.9 million to arts projects nationwide. Arts groups in New York State have received $5.7 million of that, represented in 153 grants.

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    'Tom Sawyer,'A Tony Casualty

    "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," snubbed for a best-musical Tony nomination, will close Sunday at an estimated loss of $7.5 million.