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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has announced its 2002-'03 season. In the Roda Theatre: John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, Sept. 6-Oct. 27; Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Nov. 15-Jan. 5, 2003, and Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, Feb. 7-Mar. 30, 2003. In the Thrust Stage: Lillian Garret-Groag's Menocchio, Nov. 1-Dec. 22; Francesca Faridany's adaptation of Fraulein Else (from the novella by Arthur Schnitzler), Feb. 28-Mar. 30, 2003, and Sarah Jones' Surface Transit, Apr. 18-May 18, 2003. (510) 647-2949...

San Jose Repertory Theatre has announced its 2002-'03 season: Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending, Aug. 31-Sept. 29; Eric Bogosian's Humpty Dumpty, Oct. 19-Nov. 17; William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dec. 7-Jan. 12, 2003; Culture Clash's Culture Clash in America, Feb. 1-Mar. 2, 2003; Philip Kan Gotanda's The Wind Cries Mary, Mar. 22-Apr. 20, 2003, and Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy, May 17-June 15, 2003.

In addition San Jose Repertory Theatre has announced that leadership gifts totaling $4 million have been made to the Century Fund in the first phase of a new campaign to build permanent assets for the company. The Century Campaign will establish permanent resources including endowment and cash reserves for the theatre. Phase One of this campaign will now proceed to raise additional contributions toward a goal of $11 million. (408) 367-7266...

California Musical Theatre, the Broadway Series, at the Sacramento Community Center Theater has announced its 2002-'03 season: Seussical?The Musical, Oct. 2-13; The Full Monty, Nov. 6-17; Blast!, Dec. 27-Jan. 4, 2003; Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets, Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2003; Saturday Night Fever, Mar. 12-23, 2003; Les Miserables, Apr. 23-May 4, 2003, and Mamma Mia, June 4-15, 2003. (916) 557-1999...

Best of Broadway in San Francisco has announced its 2002-'03 season. In the Curran Theatre: Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, summer 2002; Baz Luhrmann's production of Puccini's La Boheme, fall 2002; Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog, winter 2003, and Terry Johnson's adaptation of The Graduate (based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry), summer 2003. In the Golden Gate Theatre: Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, and Peter Stone's Some Like It Hot, fall 2002, and Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan's The Producers, spring 2003. And in the Orpheum Theatre: Steven Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's Wicked (based on the novel by Gregory Maguire), spring 2003, and Michael Steward and Mark Bramble, Harry Warren and Al Dubin's 42nd Street, summer 2003. (415) 551-2050.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

TNT and the Screen Actors Guild have renewed the exclusive telecast rights agreement for the Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show through 2005, it was recently nnounced by Steve Koonin, executive vice president and general manager of TNT, and SAG President Melissa Gilbert. The new three-year pact, beginning with the 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT on Mar. 9, 2003, extends the relationship that began in 1998...

The Festival Grants Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has opened up the entry process for next year's selections. If a U.S. festival was 5 years old in 2001, it will be eligible to submit an application this year for a grant from the Academy's Film Festival Fund. The grants will be made for festival programming during 2003. Applications for grants will be accepted May 15-July 1. For additional information, visit www.oscars.org/edu_pres/grants/film_index.html...

Theater League's Broadway Across America at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center has announced its 2002-'03 season: Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Sept. 17-22; Burn the Floor, Oct. 25-27; David De Silva's Fame ? The Musical, Feb. 21-23, 2003, and Miss Saigon, Mar. 18-23, 2003. (714) 740-2000...

Diversionary Theatre in San Diego has announced its 2002-'03 season: Frank Marcus' The Killing of Sister George, Aug. 28-Sept. 28; Charles Ludlum's The Mystery of Irma Vep, Oct. 19-Dec. 14; Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Jan. 18-Mar. 8, 2003; Guillermo Reyes' Deporting the Divas, Mar. 29-May 10, 2003, and a TBA musical, May 31-Aug. 2, 2003. (619) 220-0097...

The Culver City Public Theatre has announced its 2002 season: Carolyn Spedden's Shakespeare's Skum, July 20-21 and 27-28; Euripides' Medea, Aug. 3-4 and 10-11, and Gl'Intronati Di Siena's The Deceived, Aug. 17-18 and 24-25. (818) 752-6597...

South Coast Repertory has announced that SCR board president Paul Folino and his family have given the theatre a total of $10 million, the largest single donation in its history. In recognition SCR will name its facility the Folino Theatre Center. The gift is part of "SCR: The Next Stage," a $50 million integrated fundraising campaign to expand the theatre facility, programming, and endowment, as well as fund five seasons of annual operating expenses...

The Musical Theatre Guild Broadway in Concert series has announced its 2002-'03 season: Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night, Sept. 23; Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro, Nov. 18; Yeston, Wright, and Forrest's Grand Hotel, Feb. 3, 2003; Flaherty and Ahrens' Lucky Stiff, Apr. 7, 2003, and Cole Porter's Jubilee, May 19, 2003. All concerts will take place at the Pasadena Playhouse. (818) 848-6844...

The Hollywood Underground Film Festival will take place through May 16 at the Hyatt West Hollywood. For more information, call (323) 461-4086 or visit www.huff.com...

La Jolla Playhouse has announced its 2002 season: Moliere's Tartuffe, May 19-June 16; Geoff Hoyle's A Feast of Fools, June 16-July 14; Heather McDonald's When Grace Comes In, Aug. 4-Sept. 1; Charles L. Mee's Wintertime, Aug. 18-Sept. 15; Jose Rivera's Adoration of the Old Woman, Sept. 22-Oct. 20, and Mabou Mines' Peter and Wendy (based on the novel by J.M. Barrie), Oct. 2-Nov. 10. (858) 550-1010...

The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles has announced its 2002-'03 season: David Eldridge's Under the Blue Sky, Sept. 10-Oct. 20; Debbie Allen's Pearl (adapted from the Brothers Grimm's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Nov. 12-Dec. 22; Rebecca Gilman's Boy Gets Girl, Jan. 28-Mar. 9, 2003; Richard Nelson's Franny's Way, Apr. 8-May 18, 2003, and TBA, June 10-July 20, 2003. (310) 208-5454...

Furious Theatre Company has announced its 2002 inaugural season at Armory Northwest in Pasadena: Alex Jones' Noise, June 28-July 21, and J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, Sept. 6-29. The company's current production, Paul Slabolepszy's Saturday Night at the Palace, runs through May 19. (818) 679-8854...

McCoy Rigby Entertainment has announced the 2002-'03 season at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts: Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt's 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, Sept. 20-Oct. 6; Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar, Nov. 1-17; Late Nite Catechism, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2003; A Chorus Line, Mar. 21-Apr. 6, 2003; Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Seussical--The Musical, June 13-29, 2003, and The Smothers Brothers, Mar. 15-16, 2003. (714) 994-6310...

Broadway/L.A. has announced its 2002-'03 season: Blast!, Royce Hall, UCLA, Aug. 21-Sept. 1; Robert Dubac's The Male Intellect: an oxymoron?, Wilshire Theatre, Sept. 24-Oct. 6; Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia!, Ahmanson Theatre, Sept. 17-Oct. 27; Greater Tuna, Wilshire Theatre, Apr. 22-May 4, 2003, and Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan's The Producers, Pantages Theatre, Apr.- June 1, 2003. (323) 463-4367...

Producers of the Screamfest Horror Film Festival have announced that they are accepting feature- and short-length horror film and script submissions for the 2002 season. Scheduled to take place in L.A. Oct. 17-20, Screamfest will kick off the month of October with a series of screenings, Q&A panels, contests, and filmmaking awards for Best Feature, Best Short, and Best Screenplay, among others. Entry applications may be downloaded from www.screamfestla.com. Specific application questions can be sent to screamfestla@aol.com...

A workshop performance of C. Stephen Foster's Legends and Bridge will run May 16, 23, and 30 at the Hudson Avenue Theatre in Hollywood. (323) 856-4200...

The 6th Annual Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards will be held on May 17 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Carrie Fisher, Rod Steiger, and Maurice Benard will be honored at the event for their continued efforts in educating the public about mental illness. George Segal will serve as emcee, and Tracey Ullman will be a special guest presenter. (310) 273-7513...

The Pasadena Playhouse will present Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Musical, with members of the original cast of A Chorus Line, on May 18 at the playhouse. (626) 356-7529...

Playwrights' Arena will celebrate its 10th anniversary season with Hot Night in the City on May 18 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown L.A. The special performance, which benefits the programs of Playwrights' Arena, celebrates the works of L.A.'s most adventurous playwrights and composers and honors Michael Kearns for his outstanding contribution to L.A. theatre. (213) 485-1681...

The California Artists Radio Theatre will present Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice on May 18 at the Beverly Garland Theatre in North Hollywood. (213) 683-3422...

Negritude, a collection of classic and contemporary vignettes from African and African American playwrights, will be presented on May 19 at the Lucy Florence Coffee House in L.A. (323) 972-6412...

Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre Company's Starting Point Series will present a reading of Christina Clancy Allison's Wild Irish Women on May 20 at the theatre in Santa Barbara. (805) 962-8606...

Tom Chalmers will present My Grandmother Tells a Better Story and She's Dead: Tales of the Deceased and Departed, as part of his storytelling series Listen to This, on May 20 at Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood. (310) 281-8337...

Zoo District will hold a 5th Birthday Bash on May 19 at the Downtown Palace Theatre in Downtown L.A. (323) 769-5674.

--Rosa Fernandez