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We've had Easter Bonnets, Broadway Bears, and Broadway Bares. Now it's time for Broadway Barks, yet another theatre-themed benefit.

'Gardens' B'way Dates

Grey Gardens, a musical version of the 1975 documentary film about relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis living in squalor, had a hit run at Playwrights Horizons this past season, and star Christine Ebersole won a shelf of awards for her dual performance as mother and daughter, Edith and "Little" Edie Beale. A Broadway transfer had been announced, but definite dates are now confirmed: Previews begin Oct. 3 at the Walter Kerr Theatre for a Nov. 2 opening. Equity principal auditions will be held June 27, 29, and 30. See the casting notice in this week's issue for more information.

Barks in the Alley

Shubert Alley will go to the dogs—and cats—for Broadway Barks 8, a star-studded "adopt-a-thon" set for Sat., July 8, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Stars such as Mary Tyler Moore, Bernadette Peters, Lucie Arnaz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd), Cherry Jones (Doubt), and Shuler Hensley (Tarzan) will present potential pets from several New York City animal shelters and pet adoption agencies. There will also be an auction of celebrity-autographed memorabilia. For more information, call (212) 840-0770, ext. 477, or go to www.bernadettepeters.com.

Summer Play Panels

The Summer Play Festival will present a series of free panels addressing both practical and philosophical issues in the theatre. Among the participants will be producer Robyn Goodman (Avenue Q); director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun); playwrights Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter) and Theresa Rebeck (The Water's Edge); and artistic directors Jenny Gersten (Naked Angels), Tim Sanford (Playwrights Horizons), and Neil Pepe (Atlantic Theater Company).

The panels will be held July 10 and July 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St., NYC. To RSVP, email info@spfnyc.com. For more information, visit www.spfnyc.com or call (212) 279-4040.

Passport Series

Shotgun Productions' New Playwrights Reading Series goes international with its Passport Series, a program of readings of plays set in foreign countries. Upcoming visits include Beirut (Michael Christofer's Tabarja, June 26), the Caribbean (Ricky J. Martinez's A Road Through Heaven, July 10), and Paris (Brad Geagley's Return From the Ashes, July 17). All readings will be held at 7 p.m. at Repertorio Español, 138 E. 27th St., NYC. There's a suggested donation of $10. For more information and reservations, call (718) 291-1086.

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