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PACIFIC NORTHWEST‹The University of Washington School of Drama announces its 1998-'99 season, featuring two Northwest premieres and a distinctive line-up of seldom produced masterworks. Opening the UW's 59th season is The Balcony, by Jean Genet, opening Oct. 28. The season continues with Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine, Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Judith Thompson's Sled, Heather McDonald's Dream of a Common Language, Anton Chekhov's The Wedding, Henrik Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea, and Aeschylus' Oresteia. (206) 543-4880...

As part of a series of regional workshops and seminars sponsored by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the second annual Theatre Puget Sound Conference will be held Oct. 26 at the Seattle Center. The SSDC membership meeting will be held the previous day on Oct. 25 at the Seattle Repertory Board Room.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA‹ Theatre L.A. has announced the recipients of this year's Ovation special achievement awards to be presented at the ceremony on Nov. 16 at the Shubert Theatre in Century City. Sir Ian McKellen will receive a Board of Governors Award for Lifetime Achievement. Terrence McNally will also receive a Board of Governors Award for Lifetime Achievement. The James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in Los Angeles Theatre will be presented to Barbara Beckley, co-founder and producing director of the Colony Studio Theatre Company. A new award this year, the Theatre L.A. Community Outreach Award, will go to the Imagination Workshop, which currently provides two mental institutions, a geriatric center, and two schools the opportunity to create and participate in theatre arts. (800) 447-7400...

Jerome Cleary's Univited Guests will present a Comedy Fundraiser for Matthew Shepard, Oct. 24, at the Comedy Store in W. Hollywood. Proceeds raised will be donated to set up the Matthew Shepard Scholarship at the University of Wyoming. (310) 659-2227...

South Coast Repertory is accepting play submissions for its 14th annual Hispanic Playwrights Project. Playwrights of Latin ancestry are invited to submit full-length, unproduced, non-musical scripts in English. Plays must be received by Jan. 15, and early submissions are highly encouraged. Writers chosen to participate will be notified by Apr. 1, 1999 and will participate in a pre-conference scheduled for spring 1999. During a June workshop, they will work with directors, dramaturgs, and actors to evaluate and rehearse their scripts for public readings. (714) 708-5500, ext. 5405...

The Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival seeks previously unproduced full-length plays (non-musicals) for staged readings under an Equity-approved play reading contract. Readings, which will be scheduled in spring 1999, will be attended by Playhouse audiences and a select panel of professional critics who will give written and oral feedback on the four projects chosen for staged readings. Projects selects for staged reading may also be considered for the Studio Theatre Season 2000-2001. Playwrights should submit their play by Dec. 15 with a cover letter, resum , and self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials to: Emmitt Williams, Literary Manager, Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804...

The Assistant Directors Training Program is accepting applications for its 1999 program. Established in 1965, the program is a joint venture of the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Each year, the program accepts 10 to 20 individuals, who in "hands-on" settings learn administrative and organizational production skills. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are placed on the Southern California Qualification list as second assistant directors and become eligible for membership in the Directors Guild of America. Application deadline is Nov. 12. (818) 386-2545 or www.dgptp.org...

The Screen Actors Guild has announced that Kirk Douglas has been selected as the 35th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, an honor recognizing both his professional career achievements and extraordinary humanitarian contributions. Among his achievements, Douglas risked his career by insisting that his friend Dalton Trumbo receive screen credit for the Spartacus screenplay, helping break the Hollywood blacklist. The award will be presented to Douglas at the fifth annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Mar. 7, 1999...

The Diversity Awards will be presented Oct. 27 on the grounds of the Playboy mansion in Beverly Hills. Among this year's honorees will be Angela Bassett, Anne Heche, Paul Rodriguez, Irene Bedard (Smoke Signals), director Carl Franklin, Jackie Chan, and Connie Stevens. The show, which honors the diversity of ideas, cultures, and achievements in the cinematic arts, will be co-hosted by actor/comedian Bill Bellamy and comedian Kathy Griffin. Presentations will also be made by Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sinbad, Jennifer Beals, and director Gus Van Sant. For tickets call (310) 285-9743...

Shrimps, a cadre of collaborating artists, performers, and musicians, will perform their swan song Swell, on Oct. 22 and 24 at Highways Performance Space. (213) 660-8587...

In conjuction with the grand opening of the Edison Theatre in Long Beach, California Repertory Company will present the world premiere of Howard Burman's Among the Chosen Few, Oct. 28-Nov. 21. The play consists of two parts, which may be seen on two consecutive evenings or in its entirety on Saturdays. (562) 985-7000...

George Tillman and Bob Teitel, the writer/director and producer, respectively, of Soul Food, will be the guest speakers at the next Hollywood Networking Breakfast, Oct. 29, at Paramount Studios. (213) 951-0355...

Budd Friedman, owner of the Improv, and Norma Jean Almodovar, founder of the International Sex Worker Foundation for Art, Culture, and Education, will present a fund-raising performance to benefit ISWFACE, Oct. 27, at the Improv in Los Angeles. (818) 892-2029...

Underground Soap, which weaves together a range of theatrical material, offbeat go-go dancers, and monologists, premieres at the Fais Do-Do Ballroom in Los Angeles on Oct. 23. This theatrical serial is a project of Ensemble Studio Theatre-The LA Project. (323) 954-8080, ext. 16...

Broadway/L.A. has announced its 1999 musical theatre season: Annie, Jan. 5-17, at the Shubert Theatre; Cabaret, Feb. 23-Mar. 28, at the Wilshire Theatre; Cirque Ingenieux, Apr. 22-May 2, at the Wilshire Theatre, and Evita, May 11-30, at the Wilshire Theatre. (213) 365-6311...

Elmer Gantry, the Sinclair Lewis novel about revivalism in the 1920s, will be brought to the stage in the first authorized play version, Oct. 23-24, at the Immanuel Community Church in Long Beach. Performances benefit abused women and children. (562) 438-2931...

Linda Eder (Lucy in Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde) will perform at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre on Oct. 27, as part of the Stars of Broadway series. Also, Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin will present Ours and Theirs: An Evening of American Musical Treasures, Oct. 30, at the Smothers Theatre. (310) 456-4522...

The Comedy Whatsits Radio Batch Comedy will present Stick It in Your Ear, a live radio show, Oct. 18-Nov. 1, at the Gardner Theatre in Hollywood. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Mission. (323) 851-0290...

The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival is currently receiving artist submissions for its sixth annual festival to be held Mar. 25-28 at the co-producing venue of the 24th Street Theatre in L.A. This multi-ethnic solo festival is receiving submissions through Oct. 31 from the disciplines of theatre, dance, performance art, performance poetry, storytelling, and stand-up. For further submission guidelines, call (818) 752-2225...

The Actors' Gang in Hollywood is extending its production of Gogol's The Inspector General (Critic's Pick, Back Stage West/Drama-Logue, 10/1/98) through Oct. 31. Also, on Oct. 22, the Gang will host an Actors' Night, in which theatre actors, writers, directors, designers, and crew get in free by presenting a headshot or resum at the door. (323) 660-8587.

‹Jamie Painter/Scott Proudfit

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