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Life on the Fringe

Don't miss the excitement of theater in the raw at Iao

January 23, 2014
By MICHAEL PULLIAM ( , For The Maui News

One of the biggest catch-22s in entertainment is: How do you make it? Perhaps actress Lana Turner was actually discovered sitting at the soda counter of Schwab's Drug Store in Hollywood, but I doubt it. To get an agent, you have to be cast; to get in the union, you have to be cast; to be cast, you have to have an agent and preferably be in a union, too. It's not that different for writers: No one wants to buy a script from someone they've never heard of. Some producing tricks involve casting a big star to be in a green playwright's project, but most agents do not want their big star to take that risk. One of the few ways of trying to make it is by throwing caution into the wind and producing your own showcase, in the hope that someone, somewhere, be it agent or producer, will say, "I like you."



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