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EdgeFest 2005 Extends Submission Deadline

The deadline for theatre companies that wish to apply for participation in this October's annual Edge of the World Theatre Festival (EdgeFest) has been extended to a postmark date of Jun. 13, 2005. This year, EdgeFest and Actors' Equity Association have negotiated a special EdgeFest Festival Code that will permit productions to perform in venues larger than 99 seats, while including members of Equity and other professional unions. www.edgeoftheworld.org.

LA Stage Alliance Seeks Ovation Voters

The Ovation Awards, produced by the theatre service organization LA Stage Alliance, has issued its annual call for applicants who are interested in becoming voters for the peer-judged awards event, presented each November. The group presents awards in many categories for the previous year's L.A. theatrical productions. New voters will judge shows during the 2005-06 season, beginning in September. To be eligible, a potential voter must be a professional theatre artist or technician, theatre staff member, producer, or other theatre professional with at least three years' experience. Applicants must submit a professional résumé, a cover letter describing five memorable moments in L.A. theatre during the past year, and an application form (available at www.LAStageAlliance.com/pdf/pressrelease05-06.pdf), postmarked no later than Jun. 10, 2005. Mail to: Trena Pitchford, LA Stage Alliance, 644 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, or send a fax by the same deadline to (213) 614-0561.

Off the Wire…

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—The newly formed Nomad Theatre Company, headed by Founder–Artistic Director David Payne, announces its 2005-06 season. Included are Charles Wood's Red Star, set in 1951 Moscow, where a Red Army theatrical troupe struggles to stage a politically correct version of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (Nov. 17-Dec. 18); Beth Henley's L-Play, encompassing a variety of different scenes in different styles (Jan. 12-Feb. 12, 2006); and Nick Darke's Dead Monkey, set in a California beach house, and charting the decay of a marriage (Feb. 23-Mar. 26, 2006). Payne is a noted film producer (The Draughtsman's Contract, And Nothing but the Truth) and a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Actor Susan Clark is vice president of the board. Payne and Clark collaborated on last year's acclaimed local production of the dark comedy The Body. The group will present its debut season at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., L.A. www.nomadtheatrecompany.com. (818) 907-9260…

The expressionistic Gärung—Theatre of the Physical presents Perch, created and directed by M. Dahm. This group aims "to create provocative, innovative, movement-based theatre, where surrealism and dream logic make unnerving sense." Performances culminate in a presentation/discussion with Amnesty International. Lillian Theatre, 1076 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 & 7 p.m. Jun. 2-5. $20. (310) 804-3807…

The puppet play The Pink Dress, examining a child's courage facing racism, is presented by Triumvirate Pi Theatre. The play, which includes music, is based on the experiences of the mother of the show's creator, Leslie K. Gray, based on her time in the Amache Relocation Camp in Colorado during World War II. Focusing on individuality in the face of racism, the play is intended for family audiences. Beth Peterson created the bunraku-style puppets. Triumvirate Pi Theatre, Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., L.A. Various performance times. Jun. 4-18. $4-8. (213) 625-0414, ext. 2249…

Musical Theatre Guild offers the L.A. premiere of Andrew Lippa's award-winning Off-Broadway musical The Wild Party in a concert staging. Based on Joseph Mancure March's epic poem of the same name, the play is set in the Roaring '20s, and it's about a wild evening in the New York apartment of a vaudeville dancer and her lover. Nick DeGruccio directs a stellar cast. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Jun. 6. $35. www.musicaltheatreguild .com. (818) 243-2539…

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles presents They Had It Coming: The Music of Kander and Ebb, with Dr. Bruce Mayhall conducting, and special guest Jane Lanier (Fosse). The musicals of legendary Broadway songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Cabaret, Chicago, The Rink, and others) are saluted. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Jul. 8-10. $19.50-49.50. www.gmcla .org. (800) 636-7464.

—Les Spindle

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