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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--

Following up on its acclaimed adaptation of C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, Lamb's Players Theatre has again been commissioned by the C.S. Lewis Foundation to adapt another Lewis work for the stage. Seven members of the company will travel to Cambridge, England, this summer to present The Great Divorce at the Foundation's summer seminar, Oxbridge 2002. The Great Divorce is a work of fiction in which Lewis boards a ghostly bus for a magical tour that explores the relationship between heaven and hell...

As part of its ongoing seminar series, Absorb Media will host a free seminar, the Art of Storytelling Through Improvisation, with Kevin and John Farley on June 6 at Absorb Media in the Christy's Editorial facilities in Burbank. (818) 953-2200...

Amelia's Compass, a night of three short plays about getting directions, will be presented on June 6 at Yale Cabaret Blue in Hollywood. (818) 759-8144...

The Blank Theatre Company's 10th Annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival has chosen 12 winning plays by teenage playwrights from six states. The winning plays will be produced June 6-30 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood. They include Lisa Rand's Reservations, Jeremy Gable's Algor Mortis, Lacy Cox's Looking Forward to a Beautiful Life, Philippa Ainsley's Time Is on My Side, Bryce Goodman's Some People, Megan Hovany's Don't Feed the Animals, Liza Kaplan's Les Chausseurs Rouge, David Watson's The Widows, Colin Mannex's Stoplight, Michelle Samuels' Chaver Hatov B'Yoter (Best Friend), Stacey Lloyd's Apply Yourself!, and Jenna Ahrens' Amazing Grace. (323) 661-9827...

Women Playwrights Outreach Project will sponsor Beginning Playwriting for Women, a 12-week evening workshop with playwright Pamela Forrest, starting on June 6 at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza. (626) 791-8938...

The First Annual Las Vegas Comedy Festival, scheduled for Sept. 4-8 at the Stardust Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, will launch its 10-city Stand Up Comic Search in L.A., June 6-8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Anyone interested in the tryouts or information on the festival should visit www.lasvegascomedyfestival.com or call (702) 736-6595...

A.S.K. Theater Projects, an organization committed to the development of new work for the American stage, will present the eighth annual Common Ground Festival, June 9-23 at UCLA's North Campus. The participants in Common Ground 2002 include San Diego's Sledgehammer Theatre along with San Diego's Opera Zero to workshop The World is Round, and San Francisco's A Traveling Jewish Theatre, which is developing a new work titled Opening to You. In addition A.S.K. is actively seeking theatre companies interested in participating in Common Ground 2003. Applications are available at www.askplays.org after Oct. 15. (310) 478-9275.

--Rosa Fernandez

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