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    Naomi Watts to Play Landmine Campaigner

    Naomi Watts is in negotiations to star in "My Name Is Jody Williams," a drama based on the life of the Nobel Prize-winning campaigner against landmines.

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    Slamdance boasts 'strong' slate

    "The worst films that were submitted this year are just as bad as the worst films that were submitted the first year of the festival," Slamdance Film Festival co-founder-at-large Dan Mirvish said in announcing the annual fest's 2002 lineup, quickly adding, "But the best are getting better every year."

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    "Buffalo Bill's Defunct Who used to Ride a Watersm

    "Buffalo Bill's Defunct Who used to Ride a Watersmooth-Silver Stallion"

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    The Crossroads

    "The Crossroads," presented by and at the Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. Feb. 8-Mar. 8. $12. (323) 957-1152.

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    Orchestra Pit Unrest Could Prompt British Strike

    The specter of a possible musicians' strike was hanging over London theaters Wednesday because of the threat to jobs from "virtual orchestras."

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    Primus Prize Renewed

    The Francesca Primus Prize, which has been on hiatus since 2002, resumes in 2004 under the auspices of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA). The prize, awarded to women playwrights, lost its home at the Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC) as a result of cutbacks in the company's new ...

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    Mary Shelley's Santa Claus

    "Mary Shelley's Santa Claus: Presence in Boxes," presented by Cornerstone Theater Company at the Furious Theatre at the Armory Northwest, 965 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 & 8 p.m. Dec. 6-22. $15. (213) 613-1700 x 33.

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    The Winter's Tale

    Known for perhaps the silliest stage direction of all time ("Exit, pursued by a bear"), Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" suffers from an identity crisis.

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    "1st Mondays" at Naked Angels

    Naked Angels is presenting the second of its new monthly reading series, "1st Mondays," on Monday, Nov. 4.

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    Tumor Brainiowicz

    Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939), a Polish painter and writer who lived and worked between two world wars, is one of the great surrealist dramatists of the 20th century. His work