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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—Long Beach Playhouse has announced its Studio Theatre 2003-'04 season: Alan Ayckbourn's Communicating Doors, Mar. 14-Apr. 19; John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, Apr. 25-May 31; Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias, June 6-July 12; Bernard Slade's Same Time, Next Year, July 18-Aug. 23; Donald Margulies' Dinner With Friends, Aug. 29-Oct. 4; Susan Sandler's Crossing Delancy, Oct. 10-Nov. 22; Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Nov. 28-Dec. 13 and Jan. 2-17, 2004, and Claire Boothe Luce's The Women, Jan. 23-Feb. 28, 2004. (562) 494-1014…

The annual Edge of the World Theatre Festival, now in its fifth year, has announced that applications for potential participants will be available Mar. 3. Applications to participate in the L.A. Future Project and L.A. History Project, which are separate components of the festival, will also be available at that time. Participation is open to any theatre artist or company based in the Los Angeles region. The application fee is $75, and the deadline for submitting an application is July 11. Applicants will be reviewed by a peer panel and notified of their status by Aug. 1. EdgeFest staff will host a free seminar, So You Want to Produce at EdgeFest?, answering questions to interested potential participants on Mar. 16 at the National Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. This year's EdgeFest will be held Oct. 4-19. For more information or an application, call (310) 281-7920 or visit wwwedgeoftheworld .org…

Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood has announced its 2003 season: Erik Patterson's Yellow Flesh/Alabaster Rose, Feb. 14-Mar. 29; Jon Tuttle's Drift, Apr. 25-June 7; Steve Morgan Haskell's F*cking Wasps, Aug. 1-Sept. 6, and William Shakespeare's The First Quarto of Hamlet, Oct. 3-Nov. 15. Also at NOTE: The 8th Annual Hollywood Performance Marathon, Jan. 18; 5-Minute One-Act Play Series, Aug. 6-Sept. 6; NOTEworthy, May 5-7, Aug. 18-20 & Nov. 10-12; 3rd Annual Young Writers Project, Oct. 12-14, and A Mulholland Christmas Carol, Dec. 5-20. (323) 856-8611…

La Jolla Playhouse will be conducting general auditions for its 2003 season, Mar. 10-12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. March 10-11 are set aside specifically for members of Actors' Equity Association and Mar. 12 is for non-Equity actors. An accompanist will be present on Mar. 10 for actors interested in musical auditions. Actors should prepare one three-minute monologue, two one-minute monologues (one comedic, one dramatic), or a one-minute monologue and a song no longer than one minute, if auditioning for a musical role. For information on how to schedule an appointment, check the playhouse website, www.lajollaplayhouse.com, or call (858) 550-1020, ext. 180…

Entries are being accepted for the 2003 Carl Sautter Memorial Scriptwriting Competition for Film and Television, sponsored by the Scriptwriters Network and Scr(i)pt Magazine. Entry forms are available at scriptwritersnetwork.com. Deadline is Mar. 15. Winners will be announced at an awards party in September…

The Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, has announced its 2003 season: Lorraine Hansberry's To Be Young, Gifted and Black, Jan. 31-Feb. 23; Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives, Feb. 6-Apr. 24; Lilly Thomassian's Let the Rocks Speak, Mar. 8-Apr. 27; Deborah Lawlor's The Song of Songs, May 8-June 26; Paul D'Andrea's adaptation of G.E. Lessing's Nathan the Wise, May 31-July 6; Mart Crowley's The Men From the Boys, Aug. 2-Sept. 28, and Terrence McNally's Master Class, Nov. 1-Dec. 21. (323) 663-1525…

The Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center has announced its 2003 season: Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynne Ahren's Ragtime, Feb. 12-Mar. 2; Smokey Joe's Café (The Songs of Leiber and Stoller), Apr. 30-May 18; Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's Funny Girl, Sept. 17-Oct. 5, and Meredith Willson's The Music Man, Dec. 3-21. (310) 372-4477…

Scriptapalooza is accepting entries for its 5th Annual Screenwriting Competition. For application and rules, visit www.scriptapalooza.com or call (323) 654-5809. Regular deadline is Mar. 3. Final deadline is Apr. 15…

The Blank Theatre Company's Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival is seeking submissions through Mar. 15 from playwrights 19 years of age and younger. Winning plays will be presented by professional actors and directors. Each winning play will have four performances in a weekend run at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood in June. For more information, go to www.YoungPlaywrights.com or www.TheBlank.com…

UCLA Live will present Canadian theatre auteur Marie Brassard in Jimmy, a solo performance about love, desire, and the pleasure of the creative process, Feb. 13-15 at the UCLA Freud Playhouse. (310) 825-2101…

Ensemble Studio Theatre—The L.A. Project will present Winterfest 2003, an annual festival of readings, staged readings, and fully rehearsed performances, Feb. 12-16 and Feb. 19-23 at Theatre/Theater in Hollywood. (213) 368-9552…

Members of the Interact Theatre Company will read selections from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice at a public symposium hosted by the Southern California chapter of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics on Feb. 15 at the UCLA School of Law, Westwood campus. The readings will be followed by a panel discussion as well as a Q&A session with audience members. The event is open to the public. For more information, call Dan Lowenstein at (310) 825-5148 or L. Carstens at (818) 645-4259…

YettaYoung Productions will present a Black Diva Celebrity Production of The Vagina Monologues on Feb. 15 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown L.A. (213) 473-0660…

Orange Coast College's Repertory Theatre Company will present An Evening of Ionesco, Feb. 15-16 and 22-23 in the Drama Lab Studio at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The three plays being presented are Ionesco's The Bald Soprano, The Lesson, and The Leader. (714) 432-5640, ext. 1…

Ellen Degeneres will perform Feb. 17-19 at the Ice House in Pasadena. (626) 577-1894…

As part of its Celebrity Reading Series, the Elephant & Lillian Theater will present a staged reading of Glenn Taranto's Los Assasin Angels on Feb. 18 at the Lillian in Hollywood. The evening is directed by Robert Moresco and stars Anne Archer, William Baldwin, Jason Gedrick, and Bruno Kirby. (323) 962-0046…

Audition coach and casting director Craig Wallace will give a free demonstration of the technique he teaches for cold readings followed by a Q&A about the casting process and the business of being an actor on Feb. 18 at Take One! Film & Theatre Books in West Los Angeles. (310) 445-4050…

Moving Arts will present readings from Trey Nichols' Playwriting Workshop, Feb. 18-19 at Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown L.A. The evening includes new works-in-progress by Johnna Adams, John Frank, Sophie Goldstein, Amy Hayes, Dorinne Kondo, and Sunshine Lampitoc. Admission is free. (213) 622-8906 x4…

L.A. Theatre Works' The Play's the Thing radio theatre series will present Charlayne Woodard's In Real Life, Feb. 19-23 at the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A. Stuart K. Robinson directs. All performances will be recorded before a live audience for future broadcast on public radio. (310) 827-0889 or go to www.latw.org.

—Rosa Fernandez

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