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The Midtown International Theatre Festival, now in its eleventh year, celebrates the diversity of theatre.  The MITF welcomes theatrical storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures, and appetites.  The MITF seeks to nurture these new ideas, perspectives, and stories on its stages, with an eye set on guiding these productions toward future success and longevity.  The festival, traditionally held in summer, represents a fantastic, often paradoxical, adventurous and intriguing cross-section of the forefront of the theatre world.  The MITF proudly hosts production companies from across the country and around the globe, uniting talent in one of the biggest theatre capitals in the world.

Mr. Chatterton created the MITF, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, in 2000 as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety.  In 2008, the Festival added two 99-seat theatres and inaugurated the Commercial Division for upwardly mobile shows with commercial ambitions.  The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself and therefore the Festival requests minimal production values.


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A Shot In The Dark  | Open: 07/22/08 Close: 07/30/08
A new production of the Broadway smash that inspired the hit movie!

What's a French parlormaid to do when she's found naked and unconscious with a gun in her hand, next to the body of her dead lover? Especially now that she's got the long arm of the law on her tail? Sex, murder, and true love get cross-examined in the courtroom of comedy—in this new production of the Broadway smash adapted from the fun-filled frolicking French farce "L'Idiote!"

starring (in alphabetical order): CHARLES BORLAND* as Benjamin Beaurevers, ASHLEE FIFE* as Josefa Lantenay, DAN GULLER* as Lablache, JOHN KINSELLA* as Morestan, MONICA McCARTHY* as Antoinette Sevigne, LISA RIEGEL* as Dominique Beaurevers and MORGAN SILLS* as Paul Sevigne.

Costumes: Laura Brody; Lighting & Sound: Daniel Haley; Press Representative: John Capo, DBS Press; Production Stage Manager: DAN BOULOS*

Visit www.ashotinthedarkplay.com

(*member AEA/AEA Approved Showcase)

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Actor. Comedian. Negro  | Open: 07/27/05 Close: 08/07/05
Baron Vaughn delivers an autobiographical examination of the everyday life of a man and his history as seen through the lens of blackness. In this comically outlandish production, Baron teams with none other than himself to preach on race, politics, family, absurdity and how black is back.

The world premiere of Actor. Comedian. Negro. is Written and Performed by Baron Vaughn is developed and directed by Brendan Hughes produced by Susan Vargo in association with Steven DeLuca.

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Approaching America  | Open: 07/16/09 Close: 08/02/09

A desire to escape the routine of their daily lives leads to constant bickering for two brothers stuck in their parents' rarely visited country store, until the arrival of a pretty and flirtatious neighbor drastically changes everything. Competition for the young lady's affections soon tumbles into hilarity of disastrous proportions.

The dramatic comedy Approaching America, written and directed by James Evans, is opening on July 16th as part of New York’s Midtown International Theater Festival.

The play was last performed in New York exactly 10 years ago on the third floor of an old building on the corner of Canal and Varick which has since been torn down.   Despite the less than ideal setting, the play was honored with glowing reviews and quickly sold out. 

TimeOut New York gave the show a “critic’s pick” and wrote “expert design, confident direction and tremendously watchable performances…The play resonates beautifully.”

TheatreScope wrote “a compelling new play…The actors gave the impression that they had been playing their characters so long, they were not giving performances but simply exposing themselves.”

Approaching America now returns with two of the original three actors, the original director and the original designer.

Original cast member Tom Bartos reprises the role of Florida, the older brother of Toby, played by Erik Saxvik.   Each brother is stuck with a desire to escape the routine of their daily lives—stuck in their parents' rarely visited country store, until the arrival of a pretty and flirtatious neighbor, Mary, drastically changes everything.   Tate Evans, who ended up marrying writer/director James Evans after they met on the original production, reprises her role of Mary.

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Checking In  | Open: 07/15/09 Close: 08/01/09
Checking In is the story of six mixed-matched friends from Virginia now struggling to make their way in the world. Reuniting for a weekend in Atlantic City, they rehash the past and catch up on the present. But, when they discover one of them has been hiding a shocking reality, her reasons send them into a tailspin — questioning whether there's more to their bond than a case of beer, a carton of cigarettes, and a room full of high school nostalgia.

Take The Big Chill, add Sex and the City, shake with Steel Magnolias, and chug!

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Civil War Voices  | Open: 07/24/10 Close: 08/01/10
Civil War Voices a musical remembrance by James R. Harris features the songs of the period with arrangements by Mark Hayes and it is directed by Dennis Courtney.  The musical director is Laura Bergquist.  The multi-talented cast includes Broadway veterans Danielle Lee Graves (Rent), Stephen Hope (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Scarlett Pimpernel), Stephen Trafton (Les Miserables revival) and Catherine Fries Vaughn (Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up?); plus familiar off-Broadway faces Dani Marcus (The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer with The National Yiddish Theatre), Michael Sample (Unbeatable, Immortal Journey), Arthur Marks (SIDD, The Screams of Kitty Genovese), Michael Markham (Mother Courage and Her Children and Macbeth at the Delacorte Theatre) and Carly Zien (Kaspar Hauser, Cato, Inflitrage 2). Alma Villegas, Bob Ost / Wildly Productive Productions and Rough and Ready Productions in association with the Midtown International Theatre Festival are presenting the musical.

Civil War Voices tells the compelling and passionate true stories of five individuals who lived through the conflict, using their actual words that were left behind in diaries, letters, and other writings.  Joe Harris was a cotton planter from Alabama with a conflicted conscious.  The discovery of his Civil War diary inspired the play.  Elizabeth Keckley was born a slave, bought her freedom, and became Mary Todd Lincoln's closest friend and personal assistant in the White House.  Theo and Harriet Perry were a young, married couple from Texas, who were separated by the war.  Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a college professor from Maine, who enlisted to fight for the Union.  Through the lives and words of these individuals, the struggles, hardships and sacrifices of Americans become understandable and real as the Civil War progresses.   

All new arrangements of traditional melodies of the period by Mark Hayes advance the narrative and sharpen the emotional impact of the stories.  The extraordinary music of the period reveals the emotions behind the conflict.  The show contains some of the greatest songs of the period such as ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’, ‘Amazing Grace’, and ‘Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child’, just to name a few. 

For more information, please visit www.civilwarvoices.com.

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Correction  | Open: 07/30/12 Close: 08/03/12

The New York Times announces the marriage of wealthy philanthropist, Sheldon Cooper, in a lavish ceremony attended by New York’s Who’s Who, to Jennifer Darling, a celebrated Park Avenue psychologist from the finest of schools. There is only one problem…

Jennifer isn’t any of those things.

Master story tellers, Jane Beale and Ronnie Cohen (the writers behind the film, Dogs Lie), spin a morality tale laced with topical humor about how, through a correction printed in The New York Times, it is discovered that Dr. Darling is a fraud, aiming to ensure her future by altering her past and playing on the emotions of shattered people all around her – including her husband. Now facing prison and humiliation, we see that the only differencebetween Jennifer and those around her is that she gets caught.

The production, directed by Renee Rodriguez, is inspired by actual events, Correction is a reflection of our times – how history and the truth can be rewritten to suit our needs. The cast features Elizabeth Belonzi as the doctor in question – or the questionable doctor – and William McAndrews as her husband – for a short while anyway. Featured in the cast are Rivka Borek, Rebecca Smith, and Jasmine Webb.

The Midtown International Theatre Festival’s 2012 Season runs from July 16 – August 5, 2012 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor and the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC. Correction tickets are $17 and available at www.midtownfestival.org or by phone at 866-811-4111.

 

WHO: Midtown International Theater Festival presents

WHAT: the world premiere of Correction

WHERE: Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, New York City

WHEN: Monday, July 30 at 7:30 pm • Wednesday, August 1 at 7:30 pm • Friday, August 3 at 6 p.m.

WHY: Because it can happen to you!

HOW MUCH: $17  www.midtownfestival.org or call 1-866-811-4111.

 

Ronnie Cohen and Jane Beale’s play, Dogs Lie, was turned into a successful motion picture garnering great acclaim:

WINNER Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards

WINNER Best Film USA at ITN Distribution Film and New Media Festival, NYC

WINNER Audience Award Feature Film ITN Distribution Film Festival NYC

OFFICIAL SELECTION LA Femme International Film Festival Los Angeles                 

OFFICIAL SELECTION Filmi South Asian Film Festival "Showcase Feature" Toronto

OFFICIAL SELECTION Big Apple Film Festival . Tribeca Cinemas. NYC

OFFICIAL SELECTION ITN Distribution Film and New Media Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION Los Angeles Movie Awards, May 2011.

 

 


About the Company: Midtown International Theatre Festival

The Midtown International Theatre Festival, now in its eleventh year, celebrates the diversity of theatre.  The MITF welcomes theatrical storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures, and appetites.  The MITF seeks to nurture these new ideas, perspectives, and stories on its stages, with an eye set on guiding these productions toward future success and longevity.  The festival, traditionally held in summer, represents a fantastic, often paradoxical, adventurous and intriguing cross-section of the forefront of the theatre world.  The MITF proudly hosts production companies from across the country and around the globe, uniting talent in one of the biggest theatre capitals in the world.

Mr. Chatterton created the MITF, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, in 2000 as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety.  In 2008, the Festival added two 99-seat theatres and inaugurated the Commercial Division for upwardly mobile shows with commercial ambitions.  The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself and therefore the Festival requests minimal production values.

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Cosmos/Ethos: From Bris to Abyss  | Open: 07/24/05 Close: 08/02/05
Cosmos/Ethos: From Bris to Abyss is composed of the solo works of Robin Goldfin (The Ethics of Rav Hymie Goldfarb) and Aaron Petrovich (A Cosmic Mishap in an Accidental Universe in America). In Ethics, a rabbinic lover of art question the misrepresentation of Jewish penises in art and finally reveals a deeper truth hidden beneath the canvas. Aaron Petrovich then awakens beneath the canvas of reality to an accidental universe organized entirely by chance in an impassioned monologue composed entirely of questions.

Excerpt from Nytheatre.com Interview:

What's your show about?

First of all, Cosmos/Ethos is a presentation of two solo works, so we're answering these questions together. In the first show, Robin plays a rabbi who loves art, God and his children but is unprepared to deal with a gay son, even though the rabbi does pay particular attention to the representation of penises in art. The play is the father's journey to love and accept his son: a little comic, a lot tragic—entirely Jewish. On the other hand, Aaron plays a man who is fairly well convinced that he would have stood a better chance with Jesus had Jesus farted in illustration of the human soul. Cosmic Mishap is an irreverent, relentless pursuit of meaning from a character who is losing a grip on tangible reality and trying to make sense of the purpose of living. Both shows, in fact, are irreverent, without losing compassion. It's a double bill ideal for anyone who is interested in exploring, along with us, the nature of the human condition. That's what drives us, anyway.

What's special about your show?

Cosmic Mishap is composed entirely of questions. We've never encountered a show like that—we don't think you have, either. We like questions. Ethics also asks plenty of them, with a Jewish intonation. And we're pleased to announce that it also includes a slide show of original watercolors by artist David Silverman, interspersed with images by Michelangelo.

What can audiences expect?

Audiences can expect passionate and compassionate writing and performances. We love the questions and we love language and out of them we make good theatre.

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Crazy Actors on Drugs  | Open: 07/14/07 Close: 08/03/07
Seven drug-crazed actors improvise a show in front of your very eyes, using the latest state-of-the-art improvisational techniques, including body painting, foul language, and extensive gratuitous nudity.
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Dawn  | Open: 07/18/09 Close: 07/22/09
The Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City and Seashell Productions presents: DAWN the Play. A wealthy woman is dead -- Four delinquents, responsible for the tragedy, isolate themselves in a remote basement to determine who will take the fall. The means, a card game. The outcome, death. In this riveting drama, fraught with lies, deception and secrets, all will come crashing down in a shocking conclusion… at DAWN The play is written by Ralph Diaz, directed by Shelley Titus, casting by Shawn LaShay, and publicized by Ashley Blount. It will feature Tationna Bosier, Emily Brownell, Adam Harper, Karen Page, John Ramey and Max Rhyser. Also introducing additional cast members Patrick Marc and Emmanuel Kalaitjakis.

 

 

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Don't Break Your Egg  | Open: 07/23/05 Close: 08/06/05
Trying to write a show about your inability to get things done isn't easy - just ask Chris Fall. You'd think she would learn. A cross between Ellen Degeneres, Spalding Gray & Fozzie Bear! Christine's insights, excuses, and distractions are always hilarious and this time they actually saved a man's life. www.christinefall.com
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Eighth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival  | Open: 07/16/07 Close: 08/05/07
With over 40 plays in four separate venues in a 21-day period, the Eighth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival presents something for everybody's palate; from revivals to solo shows, to a look at the land of the undead, to a gay musical take on Oliver Twist. Other works include looks at immigration, security in America and the Columbine massacre.

Check out the Festival website for more information

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Family Symmetry  | Open: 07/13/09 Close: 08/01/09
A new and exciting work, Family Symmetry is not a play about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is a play about trust and empathy, and what occurs when these things are missing in a young relationship. Allen, a man clinically diagnosed with OCD, is shocked to learn that his wife had been hiding her pregnancy from him for months. With an already spotted past, the marriage of Suzanne and Allen is exposed, with all the deceit and suspicion it had been layered with for three years. Absorbing everyone around them into their misfortune, the couple self-destructs from its own inability to adjust.

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Four Unfold a city stroy with song  | Open: 07/17/07 Close: 08/04/07
If no one sees us or hears us, do we exist? Four Unfold is an unconventional story with song witnessing the lives of four New York twenty-something's and the life that is shaped and stolen away. The story centers on a year in Sam's life, an optimistic young songwriter, who has always taken life in stride. But it isn't until his world is complicated by the conundrums his dearest friends face, that he truly begins to reason crucial matters that had once seemed implausible. Together the four journey prominent societal issues that grace their lives with poignancy and power. As each uncovers a freeing light they are forced to embrace and accept life as they've never felt it before.
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Hamlet Bound & Unbound  | Open: 07/31/12 Close: 08/05/12
Being dumped by your girlfriend and derided by your mother was bad enough for poor Robert. Tonight, he must suffer the worst indignity of them all: watching his dream role, the meloncoly dane – Hamlet – played – no – PULVERIZED by Hollywood’s most inept actor! It is more than the poor thespian can take! So Robert takes matters into his own hands… he shows the cast and crew … AND AUDIENCE how the role should be played!   

This irreverent dark comedy winks at every serious (albeit twisted) actor’s deepest fantasy, while giving due homage to the Bard’s most enigmatic character and due lampooning of the hollowness of Hollywood.

Featured in the cast are Ben Baur, J. Dolan Byrne, Alexandra Cohen Speigler, Andrew Lemonier, Cameron Moir, David Neal, Eric Percival, John Sarno, Adam Shiri, Randi Sobol, Flannery Spring-Robinson, and Kelly Zekas.

Directed by Joan Kane

Part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival

July 31 @ 6:00 p.m.
August 4 @ 1:00 p.m.
August 5 @ 1:00 p.m.

 

The June Havoc Theater 
312 W. 36th St., first floor
Tickets: $17 – www.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/2784

 

Producer: Andrew Rothkin / White Rabbit Theatre (in association with Ego Actus and The MITF)
Director: Joan Kane
Stage Manager: David Alejandro Smith
Set/Light Designer Bruce A! Kraemer
Costume Designer: Cat Fisher
Sound Designer: Ian Wehrle

 
WHO: Andrew Rothkin’s Hamlet Bound & Unbound
WHAT: A new play at the Midtown International Theatre Festival
WHERE: The June Havoc Theater, 312 W. 36th St., first floor
WHEN: July 31 @ 6:00 p.m., August 4 @ 1:00 p.m., August 5 @ 1:00 p.m.
WHY: Because you have thought about doing what Robert the actor is going to do, c’mon tell the truth!
HOW MUCH: Tickets: $17 – www.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/27845

 

 

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How To Make An American Family  | Open: 08/02/09 Close: 08/02/09
Ever feel like you didn't belong—in your own family? How to Make an American Family follows one gay man as he grapples with that very question—while caring for his terminally ill mother, inheriting his developmentally disabled aunt, and finally forming a family of his own through adoption. How to Make an American Family is an outsider's story of finding family against all odds.

Jeff Seabaugh plays over 15 colorful characters—from the Deep South to Manhattan—as he weaves a tale both heartwarming and humorous about the making of another kind of American family.

Told through flashbacks and flashes forward, How to Make an American Family leads Seabaugh back to his childhood home in Arkansas to confront the ghosts of family past while caring for his dying mother. From her he inherits his developmentally disabled aunt, suddenly making him a de-facto parent to a woman 20 years his senior. That experience readies him for the challenge and adventure of adopting three children from the foster care system and finally forming a family of his own.
 

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Intimate Exchanges  | Open: 07/28/08 Close: 08/02/08
Selected scenes from Ayckbourn's quintessential British comedy.
Trapped in a sterile marriage, Celia seeks solace elsewhere, but her desire to escape from the humdrum is not as straightforward or rewarding as she hopes. The testosterone-charged odd-job man, Lionel, seems a highly attractive proposition for the love-starved Celia. Her antics, however, threaten to increase the stress levels of her suspicious husband, Toby, whilst Lionel's long-suffering partner, Sylvie, is reaching the end of her tether.
A tour-de-force for the two actors, Kay Francksen and Andrew Ellison.
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Lovers  | Open: 07/15/10 Close: 08/01/10
An edgy, sexy contemporary two-person musical scored with an original array of contemporary punk, pop, rock, and infused jazz, LOVERS, explores the darker side of a relationship.

Chip and Jolie thought they found an unlikely love.  In a relationship spanned over 8 years from carefree impulses to increasing uncertainties, their story is set against human rhythms, harmonies and ultimately, the discords of Manhattan dreams versus Brooklyn realities…where dreams go deferred and sacrifices are made...or not...with tragic results.

For more information visit www.loversmusical.com

LOVERS, book, lyrics, and music by newcomer playwright/composer Christopher Massimine.  Direction by Christopher M. Czyz, with Music Direction by Evan Jay Newman and is produced by Massimine/Roytman/Presentations (producers of the West Coast hit, The Most Mediocre Story Never Told!), Ruben Brache (Little Women, Broadway, Shout!, Off Broadway), in Association with Jason Goldstein (Chuckleball, Off Broadway), Matthew Kagen, and The Midtown International Theatre Festival.  Casting by MKA Casting (formerly Barry Moss Casting).

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Midtown International Theatre Festival
2010 Season - Reading Series
 | Open: 07/12/10 Close: 08/01/10
The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) announces eight selected readings.  The festival will run from July 12 - August 1, 2010.  Tickets to the readings are FREE.

Becoming Kinky, by Ted Swindley, directed by Jamibeth Margolis, produced by Ted Swindley Productions Inc.

July 26 at 2pm & July 27 at 1pm

The world according to Kinky Friedman.

Blacks and Whites, written and directed by Phillip W. Weiss, produced by Phil's Literary Works LLC

July 20 at 3:30pm & July 28 at 3:30pm

One Nation- Really United.

For the Duration, by Ross Berger, produced by Amy Fogelman

July 20 at 1pm

An American intelligence officer comes home to find that his newborn son and wife, while suffering a tragedy at home, are complete strangers to him now.

Hadleyburg, lyrics by Mae Richards, music by John Cliffon, book by Bob Griffiths, directed by Gerald vanHeerden, produced by VMHF Theatricals

July 12 at 2pm & July 14 at 3:30pm

A rollicking musical about human nature, hypocrisy, and the joys of come-uppance.

Miss Pell is Missing, by Leonard Gershe, directed by Daniel Haley, produced by Wildcat Theatricals

July 29 at 12:30pm & July 30 at 3:30pm

New York premiere of the sparkling comic puzzler by Oscar nominee Leonard Greene.

Rising, by Carolyn Nur Wistrand, directed by Marie McKinney, produced by Negro Ensemble Company

July 27 at 3:45pm & July 28 at 12:30pm

The true story of the beginning of African American education on the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

Safari's Song, written and directed by Catherine Owens-Herrmann, produced by Owens-Herrmann LLC

July 29 at 3pm

Director Antonio Fargas states "This could be the next Lion King!"

Soleda Red and Yellow, by Raymond Jones, directed by Charles Weldon, produced by Negro Ensemble Company

July 22 at 1pm & July 30 at 12:30pm

Soleda Red and Yellow is a fiery fusion of murder mayhem and unthinkable love...or is it?

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Midtown International Theatre Festival
2010 Season - Short Subjects
 | Open: 07/12/10 Close: 08/01/10
The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) announces selected plays for SHORT SUBJECTS, a division for plays that run under 60 minutes.  23 plays were selected.

2010 SEASON - SHORT SUBJECTS

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

A Sweet Word of Advice, by Sophia Romma, directed by Leslie Lee
Thursday, July 22 at 9pm; Saturday, July 24 at 4pm; Sunday, July 25 at 2:30pm
She'll reel you in, she'll get under you skin, and she'll never relinquish the bet, that's that!

All Folked Up, written and directed by Joshua R. Pangborn
Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 17 at 1pm; Sunday, July 18 at 7pm
The classic tales as they weren't meant to be told...

An Ode to the Washermen, by Andre Richardson Hogan II, directed by Charles Weldon
Wednesday, July 21 at 9pm; Saturday, July 24 at 5:30pm; Sunday, July 25 at 4pm
Two men are hired, rather forcibly, as janitors, and are trying their best to drift from these responsibilities.

Blow by Blow, by Jean Bergantini Grillo, directed by Jen Forcino
Wednesday, July 21 at 6pm; Saturday, July 24 at 7pm; Sunday, July 25 at 1pm
Blow by Blow is based on the life and wit of Isabella Blow, style icon and confirmed bitch who captivated the international fashion world before her suicide in London at 48 in 2007.

The Burning, by Lori Fischer, directed by Carlos Armesto
Friday, July 16 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 17 at 5:30pm; Sunday, July 18 at 5:30pm
Two sisters test the meaning of "family" as they guard their house against a neighborhood arsonist.

Fete, by Raquel Cion, directed by Cynthia Cahill
Wednesday, July 28 at 6pm; Friday, July 30 at 6pm; Saturday, July 31 at 1:30pm
Instructing us on how to throw a flawless party our hostess, Minday, rummages through stories of childhood and how frightening living among other people can be.

Hey Mary!, by Bella Poynton
Monday, July 26 at 6pm; Saturday, July 31 at 3pm; Sunday, August 1 at 5:30pm
What really happened in Mary's room that night?

Hot Mama Mahatma, by Karen Fitzgerald, directed by Matt Hoverman
Tuesday, July 20 at 6pm; Saturday, July 24 at 2:30pm; Sunday, July 25 at 7pm
I went to India to get Enlightened, but got Turned On Instead!

How I Became an Astronaut, by Fara Greenbaum, directed by Matt Hoverman
Wednesday, July 14 at 6pm; Thursday, July 15 at 9pm; Sunday, July 18 at 1pm
It ain't easy becoming the world's premiere metaphorical astronaut.

How Many Goodbyes Must I Say?, by Raymond Jones
Thursday, July 15 at 6pm; Friday, July 16 at 9pm; Saturday, July 17 at 2:30pm
A story of love and hope in which two people struggle to recapture the common ground they once shared.

The Hyenas Got It Down, by Daniel Damiano, directed by Aaron Gonzalez
Wednesday, July 21 at 7:30pm; Friday, July 23 at 6pm; Sunday, July 25 at 5:30pm
A solo depiction of 4 disparate (and desperate) individuals who outrageously convey their triumphs and breakdowns in a jungle of a world.

Inside Voices at the Girl Aquarium, written and directed by Gina Inzunza
Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 17 at 8:30pm; Sunday, July 18 at 4pm
Hear what teen magazines don't want you to know - the real voices of teenage girls.

Julia & Buddy, written and directed by N.G. McClernan
Tuesday, July 13 at 6pm; Saturday, July 17 at 7pm; Sunday, July 18 at 2:30pm
Can a frustrated maintenance man and a stressed-out philosophy professor find common ground - and mutual desire?

Love Stinks, by Kate Rader, directed by Harry Shiffman
Monday, July 26 at 7:30pm; Thursday, July 29 at 7:30pm; Sunday, August 1 at 4pm
When love can drive you mad, literally.

Magdelena's Crossing, by Carolyn Nur Wistrand, directed by Elena Araoz
Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30pm; Thursday, July 29 at 6pm; Saturday, July 31 at 9pm
The guarded secret of a Mexican prostitute leads to murder in a seedy American lounge on the Southwest border.

Once Upon a Mama, by Monifa Brown and Annie Guetti, directed by Dean Nolen
Monday, July 19 at 7:30pm; Thursday, July 22 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 24 at 8:30pm
Two comic and heartfelt shows:  First, an alcoholic mother must choose between her two greatest loves.  Then four young women pee on a stick and pray.

The Reunion Plays, by J. Boyett
Monday, July 19 at 6pm; Tuesday, July 20 at 7:30pm; Friday, July 23 at 9pm
The one thing that stays the same about people: they're always different from what you remembered...

Searching for Soula, by Marisa Petsakos, directed by Drew DeCorleto
Thursday, July 22 at 6pm; Friday, July 23 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 24 at 1pm
Two Astoria, Queens, childhood friends learn love ain't easy but friendship trumps it all.

StoneWall, by Jase Egan, directed by Brett Miro
Tuesday, July 27 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, July 28 at 9pm; Saturday, July 31 at 6pm
What happens when an unstoppable force runs into an unmovable object?

That Color Blind Kind of Love, by Rebekah L. Pie, directed by Gene Hughes
Thursday, July 29 at 9pm; Saturday, July 31 at 7:30pm; Sunday, August 1 at 2:30pm
When Love transcends Time and Race, things are bound to get explosive!

Til Death Do Us Part?, by Daniel Jean, directed by Fulton C. Hodges
Friday, July 30 at 9pm; Saturday, July 31 at 4:30pm; Sunday, August 1 at 7pm
Til Death Do Us Part? is a two-character play that chronicles the tumultuous post-wedding relationship of a young African-American couple.

Visionaries, by Vivian Vertes, directed by Dina Epshteyn
Tuesday, July 27 at 6pm; Friday, July 30 at 7:30pm; Sunday, August 1 at 1pm
An elementary teacher gets an education in the NYC public schools!


For more information, visit www.midtownfestival.org.


 

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Midtown International Theatre Festival
launch Party
 | Open: 06/28/10 Close: 06/28/10
The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) presents their Eleventh Anniversary Season LAUNCH PARTY on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm) at Sweet Caroline's, 322 W. 45th Street, NYC. 

MITF's LAUNCH PARTY will feature previews of upcoming shows in the MITF, including three musicals and one international show.  There will be food and full bar.  The jazz band Ham & Eggs will perform live.  The evening will include raffles for show and event tickets, theatre memorabilia, goods and services, and more. Scenes and musical numbers from the following shows will be performed:

Alice and Elizabeth's One Woman Show, By Alice Barden

Can two forty-something BFFs finally "have it all," without succumbing to the evil forces of plastic surgery, married people, or even their own bodies turning on them?

Scene:  "Loving Susan Sarandon"

Asian 'Belle, By Michelle Glick

What happens when a sweet southern belle realizes.....she's not so southern after all?

Civil War Voices, By James R. Harris & Mark Hayes. Produced by Jim Harris - Rough & Ready LLC

Songs and memoirs of five extraordinary lives.

Conspiracy: A Love Story, Book and Lyrics by Victor Lesniewski, Music by Ronnie Reshef, Produced by TrackTwelve Productions

July 14 - 21, The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Every little thing might make you think: Conspiracy!

Musical Number:  "Just Not Lucky"

Etty, By Susan Stein, Produced by ettyplay inc. / Susan Stein

A portrayal of one woman's struggle to sustain humanity in the face of Nazis' brutality.

Wrestling Scene.

The Gospel According to Josh, By Joshua Rivedal, Produced by Joshua Rivedal/Small Pond Entertainment

A thirty character, twelve song, comedic tour de force of a one man show.

The Maury Povich scene.

Gray Matters, By Jacques Lamarre, Produced by Emerson Theater Collaborative/Camilla Ross

When Sarah Gray loses the one thing she needs most as an actor, can she reboot her life to prove she still matters?

The Audition Scene: Oscar Wilde's "A Woman of No Importance"

The King of Bohemia: The Life and Times of Franz Kafka, Written and Produced by Jeffrey Boles

An inside account of the deception that created an icon.

Most Likely To: The Senior Superlative Musical, Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael Tester, Produced by Broadway Clubhouse.com

It's the Glee Club vs. The Jocks in a Senior Superlative Showdown.

Peking Roulette, By Ben Thompson, Produced by Anna Grace

A quirky look at the life (and love) of an aging expat in Beijing.

ResurGENTS: The Reappearance of Hope, By Damion Sanders & Lawrence Floyd, Produced by Obsidian Media Group

A new millennium choreopoem from the male perspective.

Scene: "Myself"

The Tragedie of Cardenio, By Ben Bartolone

Produced by Brain Trust Productions/Ben Bartolone

The lost play of William Shakespeare turns up in the hands of an idiot.

 

Raffles will include the following prizes:
Show tickets to The 39 Steps and others; discount offers from our friends at The Commercial Theatre Institute and neighborhood restaurants; and more! 

The MITF's 2010 Season runs from July 12 - August 1, 2010 at the Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street, NYC; the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor.

 

For more information, please visit www.midtownfestival.org


 

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Multiple Plotchanalities  | Open: 07/18/12 Close: 08/03/12
The Midtown International Theatre Festival presents Multiple Plotchanalities, one woman’s comedic and poignant journey into adulthood.  Leslie Collins directs comedienne Dina Plotch in her own unique biographical comedy.

Multiple Plotchanalities is the modern day runaway bride story for the infantilized, indecisive 30 year-old in all of us. Through a multitude of kooky characters, we watch the story of Leah unfold, as she tries to find her own voice, while shutting out all the crazy. A light-hearted and poignant tale of growing up, moving on and, of course, bikini waxes.


About the Company: Midtown International Theatre Festival

The Midtown International Theatre Festival, now in its eleventh year, celebrates the diversity of theatre.  The MITF welcomes theatrical storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures, and appetites.  The MITF seeks to nurture these new ideas, perspectives, and stories on its stages, with an eye set on guiding these productions toward future success and longevity.  The festival, traditionally held in summer, represents a fantastic, often paradoxical, adventurous and intriguing cross-section of the forefront of the theatre world.  The MITF proudly hosts production companies from across the country and around the globe, uniting talent in one of the biggest theatre capitals in the world.

Mr. Chatterton created the MITF, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, in 2000 as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety.  In 2008, the Festival added two 99-seat theatres and inaugurated the Commercial Division for upwardly mobile shows with commercial ambitions.  The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself and therefore the Festival requests minimal production values.

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Passin' Time  | Open: 07/20/05 Close: 07/27/05
"PASSIN' TIME" traces the life story of Blue, who starts out as a little girl who just wants to play with Barbie dolls and live "happily ever after." But an unstable home life and molestation at the hands of a trusted baby-sitter take their toll on those dreams, and so teenage Blue re-invents herself as Joy (in the hopes of finding some). Unfortunately, Joy takes a liking to drug-dealing Boogie, who provides her with her first taste of cocaine and before long has her spiraling downward into drug addiction, homelessness and HIV-infection. Her final transformation, into the wise and all-knowing Z, forms the final part of this inspirational show.
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Penny-4-Eyes Rock N' Roll Show  | Open: 07/21/05 Close: 08/06/05
Loosely based on a true story, Penny-4-Eyes is about an ambitious 14-year-old girl desperate to break out of the dysfunctional cycles of her abusive parents and determined to leave the past behind her and let it all go. Done in the style of a rock musical the production has a full original score.

The cast includes Christiana Anbri who plays Penny and has appeared on Broadway as the longest running Young Cosette in Les Miserables, The Sound of Music and Annie, Lucia Giannetta plays Penny's mother and is a veteran Broadway actress and singer from the critically acclaimed Broadway production Godspell as well as appearing with Patti LaBelle and in many other celebrated New York musical shows. In addition, Lady Altovise playing the therapist has innumerable film and TV credits including the Pink Panther and Law and Order and Sex and the City. After her stint in Penny she will open her one-woman show Who Will Sing for Lena. In addition the "echos" of Penny's character include Sasha Toro who is currently in the TV series Miracle's Boys and is the voice of "Backpack" in the series Dora The Explorer. Vachelle Gil has shared stages with Stevie Wonder and Ashford & Simpson and was in the touring company of The Lion King as well as appearing at Avery Fisher Hall in Lena Horne: The Legacy.
Penny-4-Eyes is Executive Produced by Scott Brush, and Written, Directed and Produced by Jesse Cooper for Big Gorilla Productions, Inc. www.penny4eyes.com

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Scandal in Manhattan  | Open: 07/20/08 Close: 07/30/08
Scandal In Manhattan - A Comedy by Bobby Holder
Scandal in Manhattan is a "romantical" comedy that twists and turns like a farcical murder mystery.
This laugh-out-loud journey is moved along swiftly by the acts
and yearnings of a flamboyant front-desk supervisor at a mid-town Manhattan hotel,
who is continuously being overwhelmed by his straight staff and his "questionably straight" guests.
All hell, lust, and love break loose when a young handsome gentlemen and an impatient southern woman,
accused of killing her father with roach poison, arrive to check-in.
The hotel and the play are packed full of peculiar characters,
each completing a comical life journey, as they each ask the question:
"Who Killed Daddy?"
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Sex & Sealing Wax  | Open: 07/21/05 Close: 08/03/05
"SEX & SEALING WAX" is a one woman show about sex roles and the role sex plays in our lives. Seven characters from the past to the present get down and dirty with the way they see themselves in the media mirror – and confront archetypes that just won't go away. Meet a 1950's Bride, a ‘50's Stripper, a 70's Child trying out Barbie's latest sex roles, a conservative London Housewife of the 60's, a Long Island Divorcee, a Widow and a Latino Libertine who tells all. In a climate of rising "moral values" and shrinking "freedoms," sex roles are becoming more strictly deliniated than ever. "Sex & Sealing Wax" takes a piercing look at just how much things have really changed since the sexual revolution.
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Sex, Cellulite and Large farm Equipment:One Girls Guide to Living and Dying  | Open: 07/24/05 Close: 08/06/05
A one-woman performance based on River Huston's experiences as a sex columnist, dominatrix, marijuana farmer as well as an arrest for obscenity, running a marathon, surviving two terminal illnesses, cellulite and back fat, writing books, being named poet laureate, earning several degrees, (that's Dr River Huston to you), dating, marriage, moving to the country and financial ruin. This show is a unique experience because it gives you a glimpse into the life of a woman who despite all odds has overcome some harrowing life challenges and managed to find humor in all of it.

River combines her comedic talent as a standup with storytelling abilities that she has honed the last 15 years of talking with audiences as diverse as Japanese research scientists, monks, Texans and elderly gay men who want to spice up their sex life. She is able to incorporate her poetry in a way that even people who don't like poetry will find moving, interesting and engaging. If you have had a bad day or bad decade this show will make you laugh.

River Huston is an award winning poet, journalist, performer and activist. She is the author of three books of poetry, "Jesus Never Lived Here", "The Bones of Susan" and "In Which I Lost 1000 Pounds" and in 1995 was named The Poet Laureate of Bucks County. River was awarded the Dorthea Lange/ Paul Taylor award for "A Positive Life: Portraits Of Women Living With HIV" and is the creator of "Goddess: A New Guide to Feminine Wisdom". River is working on her forthcoming memoir, Thirteen Dogs and a Goat, which will be out in the spring of 2006.

She has been performing many incarnations of her one-woman show, Sex, Cellulite and Large Farm Equipment: One Girl's Guide to Living and Dying around the country from Boston to Omaha for the last 4 years in various venues including college campuses in almost every state, prisons, rehabilitation centers, theaters, cafes, bookstores, national and international conferences on health, women's issues and communicable diseases.


She has recently been working with coach, Cheryl King, who teaches internationally in Denmark, England and Wales, as well as in NY and Los Angeles and performs her own one-woman show, "not a nice girl" in theaters nationwide and abroad. Cheryl has helped River shape Sex, Cellulite and Large Farm Equipment into a truly polished, hilarious and moving performance.

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Sixth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival  | Open: 07/18/05 Close: 08/07/05
Nearly 50 shows in three weeks, ranging from comedies to musicals to dramas to solo shows

Playing at Five different venues - all on the same block:

The WorkShop Theatre Mainstage and Jewel Box Spaces
312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor

Where Eagles Dare Theatre and Where Eagles Dare Studio Theatre
347 West 36th Street, Ground Floor and 12th Floor (Studio)

Smash Studios
307 West 36th Street, 18th Floor

All theatres are located between 8th & 9th Avenues.

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Sort Of Like Julie... Only Worse  | Open: 07/23/13 Close: 08/04/13
An Official Selection in the Midtown International Theater Festival.

A midlife coming of age story. Julie, a perpetually sunny middle aged white lady, has her optimism put the test in this ensemble comedy when everything in her life turns to s**t. Things only get worse when Julie decides the one way to fix it all is to perform at the famed Apollo Theater.

CAST

Julie Hays, Tiffany Hodges, Vivienne Leheny, Eric Deskin, Bjorn Thorstad, Maggie Fales, Bonnie Rose, Eric Rice, and Ace Carlson.

PERFORMANCES
  Tuesday July 23rd at 9pm
  Thursday July 25th at 7:30
  Saturday July 27th at 8:45
  Monday July 29th at 8pm
  Wednesday July 31 at 6pm
  Sunday August 4th at 5pm

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Southern Man  | Open: 07/14/09 Close: 08/02/09
SOUTHERN MAN is a heartwarming tale full of laughter and tears that follows the adventures of World War II veteran, Jackson Elijah Taylor.
With homespun charm, Jackson regales us with humorous anecdotes as he describes his humble upbringing on a rustic North Carolina farm. One day while working the fields, Jackson gets an epiphany and realizes that farming is not for him. He puts his hoe down and hitchhikes forty three miles to the local army recruiting center to enlist. After being inducted into military life, Jackson meets his future wife Lilly at a memorable USO Dance. Before the ink is dry on their wedding certificate, Pearl Harbor is attacked by Japanese forces.
War is declared. Jackson and his battalion are immediately shipped off to England for training. They are then sent to the North African desert as part of Operation Torch. Facing Rommel’s elite Afrika Corps and insurmountable odds, Jackson and only twenty-nine other American soldiers manage to survive this horrific battle. They are captured and informed how fortunate they are to be POWs. On this particular day, Rommel needed prisoners for barter which was contrary to his usual custom of executing all enemy combatants.
Jackson endures a series of nightmarish journeys to and throughout Germany where he is imprisoned in various POW camps. Making friends with several engaging POWs, he learns how to survive the grueling conditions. Together they find diverse ways to fight the boredom and terror of captivity. For instance, they form a theatre company and a tumbling team. Despite Nazi oppression, they even manage to stage a talent night. One of their most unique diversions involves a mouse and a trial.
While in captivity, Jackson and the men in his barracks make daring forays to help save the starving Russians in the adjacent compound. Despite the inevitable loss of a beloved fellow soldier, Jackson perseveres.
His adventures after being liberated by the Russian army are no less astounding. He and two fellow American POWs literally bicycle to freedom through the devastated German countryside. After reuniting and recuperating with the American troops, Jackson takes an emotional train ride full of self-doubt, exploration and discovery back to North Carolina.
After a three year absence, Jackson poignantly reunites with his wife Lilly. His journey is a triumphant testament to the enduring human spirit.
 

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The Gospel According To Josh  | Open: 07/16/10 Close: 08/01/10
Small Pond Entertainment and Joshua Rivedal in association with the Midtown International Theatre Festival are pleased to announce the world premiere production of Rivedal's The Gospel According to Josh, directed by Josh Gaboian. The Gospel According to Josh, a thirty character, twelve song, comedic tour-de-force of a one-man show, will play a 3-week/6 performance limited engagement at Off-Broadway’s Dorothy Strelsin Theatre.

The Gospel According to Josh is a 30 character one man Josh-apalooza, centered around a small town Jersey boy, as he follows his dreams to Hollywood despite the great obstacle of his life: the tempestuous relationship with his pious father. This coming of age tale chronicles Josh’s religious upbringing and escape to New York, including a look into his starring roles in not one but two reality TV shows, and ending with a final showdown between him and his father.

Featuring cameos by Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Moms Mabley, a gaggle of flamboyant gay men, and Elvis Presley; “The Gospel...” will leave you praying for more.

The production stars Joshua Rivedal* (FilmFakers/AMC; Seven Card Draw/Dixon Place).

*AEA member


For more information, please visit www.thegospelaccordingtojosh.com.

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The Shallot  | Open: 07/15/13 Close: 07/24/13
An aspiring writer who works as the Office Manager at The Shallot, a satirical news organization, hoping to become a writer. While fielding phone calls and dealing with the revolving door of actors and actresses coming into the office for auditions, the Office Manager and intern observe a changing company whose structure, like its product, is funny.

Based on a true story about working at The Onion.

Where losing your job meets losing your mind.

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Three American Women: A Trilogy  | Open: 07/13/10 Close: 08/01/10
Meet three women on their American journey of discovery. Sit for a while in the Continental Garage with Odessa as she waits for her car repairs, and learn why she desperately needs to get home. Meet Rachael, a lawyer in a small New England town trying to help her brother and struggling with century’s old Indian mores. And listen to Janice, a Taiwanese-American store clerk who gabs incessantly about everything from great musicals to her hopes for the future.

Smart, funny women we can relate to! Enjoy awesome inspiring theater!

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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?  | Open: 07/18/07 Close: 08/02/07
A new production of the rarely produced Broadway smash about sex, stardom, and the silver screen! A novice reporter gets more than he bargained for when he interviews silver screen sex goddess Rita Marlowe in this devilishly funny satire, directed by Holly-Anne Ruggiero (Jersey Boys). Performances begin Wednesday, July 18 for a six-performance limited run through Thursday, August 2 at the WorkShop Theatre Mainstage (312 W 36th St., 4th floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Visit www.willsuccessspoilrockhunter.com.

The cast includes: Maria Teresa Creasey, Ed Crescimanni, Ryan Cross, Jennifer Danielle, Nick Mannix*, Tuck Milligan* (B'way:The Kentucky Cycle, The Herbal Bed, Equus), Eric Rubbe* (Blue Man Group), Morgan Sills* (Forever Plaid-natl. co) Costume design is by Maria Zamansky. Set Design & Props by Anne Goelz. Sound Design by Jana Hoglund. Hair design by Leah Loukas. The Production Stage Manager is Lauren Korba*.
*member AEA/an Equity Approved Showcase.

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