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Ready to take over in a one-woman show? A political hot potato of a play seeks an alternate and understudy who may take over the role. Plus more casting news and Fresh Fruit.

Casting News

The controversial My Name Is Rachel Corrie, opening Oct. 15 at the Minetta Lane Theatre, needs an alternate and understudy for the play's solo role. Megan Dodds, who played Corrie—a 23-year-old American volunteer who was killed in the Gaza Strip in 2003—in London's West End, will perform in six of the eight shows a week through Nov. 19. Casting director David Caparelliotis needs an actress to cover the role, perform two shows a week, and take over if the play extends beyond that date. Equity principal auditions will be held July 11…. Mary Poppins, set to open at the New Amsterdam Theatre in November, is seeking an excellent male ballet dancer to be an ensemble member and understudy…. The Phantom of the Opera will hold an Equity chorus call for dancers for its Broadway, touring, and Las Vegas companies on July 19…. For more information, see the casting notices in this week's issue.

Fresh Fruit Fest

The Fresh Fruit Festival, in its fourth year of presenting arts and culture from the lesbian and gay community, will be held July 10–23 at Collective: Unconscious (279 Church St.) and the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's June Havoc Theatre (312 W. 36th St.). Six new plays will be featured this year, including a docudrama about the Stonewall rebellion, as well as a prerelease screening of the animated film Queer Duck: The Movie. For more information, call (212) 779-3051 or go to

Thursdays at Ten

Last week we told you about the Summer Play Festival and Naked Angels' Thursdays@9 reading series. This week we've got Ars Nova All Stars, a special edition of the theatre's Thursdays at Ten series, featuring performances by three of its acts: Creation Nation, a musical talk show hosted by Billy Eichner and Robin Taylor; Automatic Vaudeville, a variety show hosted by Bridget Everett and Kenny Mellman; and Freestyle Love Supreme, in which five performers improvise hip-hop. All three will take to the stage on Thu., July 13, at 7 p.m. at Ars Nova (511 W. 54th St.), with a late-night edition on Thu., July 20, at 10 p.m. For more information, call (212) 977-1700. For tickets, call (212) 868-4444 or go to

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