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Arts In the round 

News and notes from the San Antonio theater scene

This month it's all about name-dropping here at ITR, as though I've always been a frustrated gossip columnist-wannabe. First off, a warm (through gritted teeth) goodbye to Latrelle Bright, founder and artistic director of The Renaissance Guild, whose friends and colleagues gathered at an invitation-only birthday/going-away bash at the Cameo on Sunday. She's headed to Memphis to attend graduate school, and we're losing a brilliant director and one of the rare theatrefolk who combine creativity with organizational expertise.

As I'm sure everyone's heard by now, former Spurs Coyote Tim Derk is tearing it up as The Devil in the San Pedro Playhouse's production of Damn Yankees, running through August 21. The re-staging of this classic musical marks NYC director Susan Streater's return to the Playhouse after a successful local debut with their production of Cabaret last season. While Derk is the sexy casting choice everyone is buzzing about, don't miss the opportunity to see David Alford, who doesn't get as much attention as he deserves, on a rare foray out of the Vexler's basement environs.

The San Antonio Theatre Coalition (SATCO) has announced a veritable cavalcade of names in association with TheatreASAP, their annual 24-hour theatre-making event, designed to showcase the diversity (and insanity) of the local theatre community. The six playwrights who will try to write 10-minute scripts in 12 hours, and the six directors who will then use the next 12 hours to stage those scripts for performance at Magik Theatre on September 10, will be: John Poole, Gabriel Fernandez, Donnie Neubauer, Chris Navarro, Gregg Barrios, and Sheila Rinear (writing), and Jim Mammarella, Diane Malone, Mellissa Marlowe, William Razavi, Roger Alavarez, and Maria Ibarra (directing).

Speaking of TheatreASAP, auditions have been set at the Harlequin Dinner Theatre on Fort Sam (you'll need a driver's license and a street-legal vehicle to get on base, you starving-artist types) on Sunday, August 21.

Because of the quick-draw nature of the event, actors will be tested on their memorization skills. You'll receive a one-minute monologue when you arrive, and you'll have a half hour to memorize it. The audition will consist of the newly memorized monologue and an additional one-minute prepared piece of your choice. Other than the requirement that auditioners be over age 18, there are no age or gender restrictions. You just need to be a quick study and be available for the all-day event; rehearsals start at 8 a.m. and the show goes on at 8 p.m. at Magik Theatre Saturday, September 10. Call the Harlequin at 222-9694 to schedule an audition appointment.

And what gossip column would be complete without a teaser? Executive Director Richard Rosen has announced that Magik Theatre and Arts San Antonio will follow up this year's extremely successful revival of the popular Shakespeare in the Park series with a gutsier programming choice next summer - not a comedy, but in fact a play so dark I can't bring myself even to write the name. You theatre-types know it as The Scottish Play. Witches and blood and betrayal, oh my. Now that's worth sitting outdoors in the heat for.

- Laurie Dietrich

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