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11/15 from 10AM-1PM at Eighth Ave. Studios, 939 Eighth Ave., 3rd fl., NYC.

Florida Studio Theatre (FST), a professional Equity regional theatre in Sarasota, FL, will be holding an open call for Equity performers for Romulus Linney's "A Lesson Before Dying," for its Winter season. First rehearsal Dec. 12; runs Jan. 11-Feb. 24. Richard Hopkins, artistic dir.; Kate Alexander, assoc. dir. The play takes place in Louisiana, 1948. An African-American man has been convicted and sentenced to die for a murder he didn't commit. Having been branded a hog by the public defender, he has reverted to behaving like an animal. His former schoolteacher is brought in to teach him to be a "man" so he can go to his death with dignity. Note: This replaces FST's production of Patrick Marber's "Closer," which will now be produced in the 2001 summer season. Auditions will be held at Eighth Ave. Studios, 939 Eighth Ave., 3rd fl., NYC. Auditionees should prepare a one-minute monologue of their choice (a monologue from the play is preferred) and bring updated pix & resumes. FST is an EOE. All qualified performers are encouraged to audition. FST is an SPT theatre, salaries comparable to LORT D. EQ. SPT CONTRACT.

Wed. Nov. 15—Equity performers, 10AM-1PM.

Seeking—Emma Glenn: African-American woman, 70s, Jefferson's godmother, woman of great grace and dignity; Paul Bonin: white deputy sheriff, 20s, sympathetic to Jefferson's situation; Grant Wiggins: African-American schoolteacher, late 20s, Jefferson's former teacher in a poor Louisiana parish, has larger ambitions; Sam Guidry: white sheriff, 50s, large, intelligent man; Jefferson: young African-American man, has been sentenced to die for a murder he did not commit; Vivian Baptiste: beautiful African-American woman, 30, schoolteacher in a different district and Grant's significant other, separated with children; Reverand Ambrose: fire and brimstone Baptist minister, short, stocky African-American man, 50s.

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