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Interplayers' 25th Season -- Artistic Director Nike Imoru has announced the next set of projects for the downtown theater. The fall season, starting in September, will bring The Mystery of Irma Vep, a two-man, multiple-roles comedy in the vein of Greater Tuna; an ambitious multimedia collaboration with the Gonzaga theater department involving more than 30 actors and musicians and members of three American Indian tribes, Lewis and Clark: Manifest Destiny; and a comforting musical for the holidays, The Fantasticks.

The theater will add a Readers' Theater season, with "about four" semi-staged performances of each of three scripts: in October, Jack Bannon and Roger Welch in Tuesdays With Morrie; and during the January-February gap in the Mainstage season, both To Kill a Mockingbird and A.R. Gurney's Love Letters.

The spring season (March-June 2006) will feature a world premiere, Mozart and Salieri (involving collaboration among Imoru, Spokane Symphony musical director Eckart Preu and an as-yet unnamed playwright); Romeo and Juliet (in which Imoru herself will appear as an actor); and one of Beth Henley's comedies about small-town Southern eccentrics, The Miss Firecracker Contest.

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Eat for the Cause -- With all the marathons, walkathons and danceathons, why not a good old-fashioned snarf-athon. Next Thursday, April 28, the Spokane AIDS Network invites you to dine at such popular regional restaurants as Mizuna, Ankeny's, Beneditto's, Cavallino, Fugazzi, Herbal Essence, the Sawtooth Grill, David's Pizza, Luigi's and the Suki Yaki Inn, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the SAN.

The Politics of Fear -- If you thought Fahrenheit 9/11 was eye-opening, you ought to check out Hijacking Catastrophe, playing Friday, April 22, at 7 pm at the Community Building. Thin Air Radio (KYRS) is airing this controversial film about the possibility that a "radical fringe" of the Republican party used the trauma of the 9/11 attacks to further their own agenda. Tickets: $5. Call 747-3807.

Not Just for the Birds -- Conrad Birdie, the world's biggest teen heartthrob, is going into the army. Who will be the lucky fan chosen to receive his goodbye kiss on national TV? Find out in a production of Bye, Bye Birdie at St. George's School on April 27 and April 29-30 at 7 pm. The production is directed by Jean Hardie, a longtime star at Spokane Civic Theatre, while the musical director is David Demand, who conducts the Coeur d'Alene Symphony. For tickets $2-$3), visit or call 466-1636.

Publication date: 04/21/05

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