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"Free" is one of our favorite words, and it applies to a Comedy Central show and a Public Theater talk. Plus, Julianne Moore stars in a new Hare play.

Moore Goes 'Vertical'

Add Julianne Moore to the list of movie stars migrating to Broadway. The Oscar-nominated star of The Hours and Far From Heaven will be headlining The Vertical Hour, a new play by David Hare. This will be Hare's first play to premiere in the United States. Sam Mendes (Bernadette Peters' Gypsy on Broadway) directs. Previews begin Nov. 9 for a Nov. 30 opening at a Shubert theatre to be announced. Equity principal auditions will be held April 6 and 10. There are four roles available, and an understudy for Moore is needed. Further casting details are in this week's issue.

Free Comedy

Central Tix

Comedy fans, rejoice. Comedy Central is offering free tickets to its new show Stand Up Nation with Greg Giraldo, shooting in New York City every Wednesday from now until June 14 at 7 p.m. For tickets, email standup or call (212) 654-6135. All tickets will be confirmed every Tuesday before taping.

Free Public Talk

Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater; Mara Manus, the Public's executive director; and Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, will host a free discussion about the nature of playwright training on Tue., April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at NYU's Cantor Film Center (36 E. Eighth St.). Called "The Dramatic Writer's Journey" and part of the Public Talks series, the panel will feature playwright-screenwriters Anton Dudley, Neil LaBute, and Kenneth Lonergan. For reservations, call NYU at (212) 998-1805. Public Theater members should call the theatre's box office at (212) 260-2400.

BAX Offering Space, Residencies

The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) is accepting applications for six space grants—up to 70 hours of free rehearsal space in any of BAX's three studios—from theatre, dance, and performance artists. At the conclusion of the grant period, the awardees, who must be Brooklyn residents, will perform in one of two October showcases at BAX, which is located in Park Slope. Applications are due by Fri., April 14. BAX is also accepting artist-in-residence applications for 2006-07 from theatre and performance artists. Applicants must reside in New York City, and applications are due by Fri., May 5. For an application, go to html.

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