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Contest Seeks High School Playwrights

November 17, 1989

The Orange County High School of the Arts recently announced its Burgeoning Playwright's One-Act Play Competition.

Open to all high school students ages 14 to 18, entries will be judged by a panel of four playwrights and theater professionals. All entries must be submitted by Jan. 8 along with a $15 fee. Plays are limited to one act of 30 to 45 minutes, may be comedy or drama and may include a maximum of four characters.

Serving on the panel of judges will be Bill Bushnell, artistic producing director of the Los Angeles Theatre Center; Karen Hensel, stage, screen and TV actress and member of South Coast Repertory; Richard Hellesen, whose latest play--"Once in Arden"--will receive its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in April, 1990, and Alvin Keller, professor at Cal State Fullerton and a playwright.

For rules and entry forms, write OCHSA Playwright's Competition, Attention: Laurie Freed, 3591 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos, Calif. 90720, or call (213) 596-1435.

"London Calling," by the Clash, topped a list of the "100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s," selected by editors of Rolling Stone magazine. The list appears in the Nov. 16 issue.

The Clash, a now-defunct band whose lyrics featured aggressive working-class politics that became the staple of the English punk movement, recorded "London Calling" in 1980.

The remainder of the Top 10, in descending order, are: "Purple Rain" by Prince and the Revolution; "The Joshua Tree" by the Irish rock group U2; "Remain in Light" by the Talking Heads; "Graceland" by Paul Simon; "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen; "Thriller" by Michael Jackson; "Murmur" by R.E.M.; "Shoot Out the Lights" by Richard and Linda Thompson, and "Tracy Chapman," the debut album by folk singer Tracy Chapman.

British rock veterans the Who and the Kinks plus the folk-pop duo Simon & Garfunkel were among the eight new inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recently announced in Cleveland, the proposed site of the Hall of Fame building.

Vocal groups the Platters, Four Seasons and Four Tops, along with singer-songwriters Bobby Darin and Hank Ballard, round out the 1990 inductees, who will be formally admitted to the Hall of Fame in a Jan. 17 ceremony in New York.

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