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Theater center awards new play works

JOYCE RUDOLPH

Burbank’s Grove Theater Center officials are accepting submissions of

original, unproduced plays for their New Play Initiative, a play

development contest.

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Four semifinalists will receive play readings, two finalists will

have staged readings and the winning script will be fully produced as

part of the theater company’s 10th anniversary season.

At each level, there are readings and cash royalty awards paid to

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each playwright. The readings, staged readings and the final

production all will be directed by theater Artistic Director Kevin

Cochran.

Entry guidelines are available at www.gtc.org. Deadline for

submission is Dec. 15.

Over the past nine seasons, the theater company has produced 15

world premieres. Two have since been published and produced dozens of

times all over the country; one was videotaped for cable release and

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toured the East Coast; eight transferred to extended runs in Los

Angeles; and one went on to have a reading at Manhattan Theater Club

featuring Richard Dreyfuss on its way to a possible Broadway run.

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The Alliance Repertory Company presents the West Coast premiere of

“Shyness Is Nice,” opening at 8 p.m. Friday at the Alliance Theatre.

Playwright Marc Spitz is a senior writer at Spin magazine. His

writing on rock ‘n’ roll has also appeared in the New York Post, GQ,

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the Washington Post, Nylon and Maxim.

Suzan Fellman directs the play about two very shy 30-year-old male

virgins who find out who they really are and what is truly important

to them after a drug deal goes wrong.

Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling (800) 595-4849. The

theater is at 3204 W. Magnolia Blvd.

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Performers Herschel and Judy Fox will offer comedy and music laced

with Jewish humor from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Burbank Temple Emanu

El.

In the 23 years they have been married, the Foxes have performed

for hundreds of audiences in North America.

As a singer and comedian, Herschel has performed on Broadway in

“Most Happy Fella” and “Pajama Game.” He is the cantor at Valley Beth

Shalom in Encino.

Judy has opened for Rodney Dangerfield, and for many years was a

popular headline singer on the New York supper club circuit,

including the Copacabana. She’s appeared in off-Broadway productions

of “Wizard of Oz” and “Sweet Charity.” Judy is the cantor for the

Synagogue for the Performing Arts.

For tickets, at $50 each, call Burbank Temple Emanu El at

845-1734.

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A Dec. 13 performance of the interactive comedy “Late Nite

Catechism” will benefit programs at Providence High School.

The audience becomes the students as the “Sister” regales them

with her amusing but affectionate take on Catholic practices and

beliefs. It was written by Vicki Quade and Margaret Donovan.

The play begins at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 511

S. Buena Vista St.

For ticket prices and information, call 846-8141, ext. 408.

* JOYCE RUDOLPH’s column appears Wednesdays. For events happening

this weekend, read her 48 Hours column Saturdays. Reach her at

637-3241.


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