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Stage Directions earns NAACP nods

L. Trey Wilson's 2004 world premiere play, Stage Directions, which has previously been nominated for awards from the Ovations, L.A.Weekly, GLAAD, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, garnered the Best Playwright award for Wilson and the Best Director award for Dan Bonnell in last week's annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The play debuted at [Inside] the Ford and subsequently ran at the Odyssey Theatre.

New 75-seat theatre to open downtown

The Hayworth, a new 10,000-square-foot event space adjacent to MacArthur Park, will include a 75-seat theatre, scheduled to open next month. Gary Blumsack, who produced the L.A.–originated Off-Broadway musical Reefer Madness, is producer for the new venue, along with Danna Hyams, Bobby Knight, and Jeffrey Bowman. It is located at 643 S. Carondelet St.

Young performers honored in gala event

CARE 2005 (Child Actor Recognition Event), honoring 125 young performers for their accomplishments in 2004, will benefit the BizParentz Foundation, a nonprofit organization for families in the entertainment industry. According to Paula Dorn, co-founder of BizParentz, young actors are rarely acknowledged in mainstream award events, and these citations are designed to honor those who are successful in their careers, keep up their grades, and have parents who are educated about the industry. More than 500 attendees are expected. Sun. 1 p.m. Mar. 13. Reservations recommended. Globe Theatre, Universal Studios, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (818) 731-9897.

Off the Wire...

PACIFIC NORTHWEST—Seattle's Empty Space Theatre has reached its emergency fundraising goal and will complete the remainder of its season. The fund, launched in November 2004 as a grassroots effort, strove to raise $350,000 to forestall permanent closure of the theatre. The funds, gathered through individual gifts, special events, and debt forgiveness, exceeded $400,000. The season resumes with Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine's Biro, opening Apr. 1. 3509 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, Wash. (206) 547-7500…

The debuting musical Princesses will travel directly from Seattle's The 5th Avenue Theatre to Broadway, the same path followed by the hit Hairspray. Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's Victorian novel A Little Princess, the musical is created by librettists Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, conceiver-director-lyricist David Zippel, and composer Matthew Wilder. Seattle dates are Aug. 9-28, with the Broadway opening scheduled for October. (206) 292-2787.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—Musical Theatre West announces its 2005-06 season at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Included are Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I (Nov. 5-20); the West Coast premiere of Jerome Kern's Never Gonna Dance, inspired by the vintage RKO film musical Swing Time (Feb. 18-Mar. 5, 2006); the West Coast premiere of I Love a Piano, a look at America through the eyes of Irving Berlin's music (Apr. 22-May 7, 2006); and Cole Porter's Anything Goes (July 8-23, 2006). Non-season subscription offerings include A Musical Merry Christmas (Dec. 9), and the outdoor Summer Youth Conservatory production, Bye Bye Birdie (Aug. 19-21). (562) 856-1999…

The 21st Annual S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event) AIDS benefit, Two on the Aisle, celebrates the work of American composers Marvin Hamlisch and Harry Warren. Some of the biggest stars in theatre, film, and television donate their talents for the event, established in 1984. Show tunes from such musicals as A Chorus Line, They're Playing Our Song, 42nd Street, and The Goodbye Girl are included. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State University, 5151 State University Dr., L.A. $30-up. (323) 656-9069…

Ensemble Studio Theatre–LA presents Winterfest 2005, featuring readings of more than 20 new plays. The Actor's Playpen, 1514 N. Gardner St., West Hollywood. Mar. 3-13. Complete schedule: $10; reservations strongly encouraged. (213) 368-9552.

—Les Spindle

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