4 October 2010 1:06 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The following is a true story. No actors, agents or animals were physically harmed during the debacle. (Bruised egos are another story...) I was recently sitting in the office of a talent agency, doing what I do, when I took a break from work. As my digits were drubbing the keys of my Hp with Windows Vista (grrrrr), I overheard one of the agents next to me call out to an assistant: "Make sure you put in the cover letter that he got an M.F.A. from Nyu. Because [casting director's name withheld] is snobby."Prior to this, the agent had received a phone call from a new client who was fresh out of school. The actor had heard—through the thorny thicket that is the actor grapevine—that [well-known director's name being withheld] was casting a major production of a language play and that final auditions would be held the following day. The actor requested the agent »

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