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HYPE 2004 at the Alley

August 13-15, 2004

HYPE (Houston Young Playwrights Exchange) is in its 8th consecutive year at the Alley Theatre. The program is designed to showcase local young playwrights in a professional theatrical setting for the public to enjoy. With the guidance of the Alley staff, the teens selected are able to workshop and further develop their scripts. The following plays have been selected for the summer staged reading...
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HOUSTON COMEDY TROUPE:Heads To New York

Vagabondage Comedy Troupe
TO PERFORM AT IMPROV MARATHON IN NEW YORK

Vagabondage Improv Comedy Troupe has been selected to participate in the Upright Citizens Brigade Annual Del Close Improv Marathon in New York from Friday, July 30 to August 1st.

The marathon is named for Del Close, the driving force behind
improvisational comedy in Chicago for over 30 years, influencing Bill Murry, Tina Fey, Mike Meyers, John Belushi, Chris Farley and the Upright Citizens Brigade to name a few...
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Study Reveals Arts Have Strong Presence in Nation

Americans for the Arts, the 40year nonprofit organization for advancement of the arts in the States, has released its first national Creative Industries Study. The survey conducted analyzed in detail the locations of arts-related businesses, institutions, and organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The study was created by evaluating six industry categories including: performing arts; museums/collections; visual/photography; film, radio, TV, design/publishing; and schools/services. The Creative Industries Study reveals that 11 standard metropolitan statistical areas have more than 10,000 arts-related businesses, institutions, and organizations (both for-profit and nonprofit) each. Where did Houston fall on the list?…

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Highlights of Equity/League Agreement

Actors' Equity and The League of American Theatres and Producers have released further details of their tentative four year Production Contract. The Equity Council will be in charge of reviewing the agreement and making a recommendation. The contract will then be sent to the Equity ratification group for vote. The tentative agreement covers the major issues discussed at the bargaining table over the course of the negotiations including wages and benefits, touring, actor safety and actor participation in show marketing and promotion. The highlights of the agreement are as follows...
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Equity Strike Averted: Tentative Agreement

Early yesterday, due to the fact that Actors Equity Association and the League of American Theatres and Producers could not reach an agreement, Equity held an emergency meeting discussing whether or not to strike. If they decided to strike, it would effect most Broadway and even touring shows from continuing to run. In the late afternoon, the parties involved issued a joint statement…
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Talks Break Off: Will Equity Strike?

Actors Equity Association and the League of American Theatres and Producers reconvened Tuesday, July 6th to continue discussion and potential negotiation regarding non-Equity touring shows, salaries, and benefits for AEA members. As Theatreport reported, this meeting occurred after the League walked out on AEA before negotiations could take place. Meanwhile, Equity members, particularly those working on shows at the present time, have been apprehensive about going on strike if the two parties do not come to an agreement.

Equity presented its final offer to the League and it's Coordinated Bargaining partners at approximately 12:45 a.m. this morning. The League did not accept the offer…
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