LOS ANGELES -- The National Play Award committee of National Repertory Theatre is accepting entries for its annual competition, which will award $5,000 and a production or staged reading of the winning script, as well as $500 to four runners-up.
Entries must be postmarked after Jan. 1, 1999 or before March. 31, 1999. Finalists will be announced Sept. 1, 1999. Call (323) 465-9517 or visit www.nrtf.org. for more information. National Play Award, Box 286 Hollywood, CA 90078.
Entries must be full-length original plays -- no musicals, translations or adaptations. Judges include Barbara Beckley, actress and founder producing director of the Colony Studio Theatre; playwright-theatre director-professor Leon Katz; actor-director Alan Mandell; and playwright-director Del Shores.
Last year's winner was A Namib Spring by Patrick Baliani.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent