INTIMATE EXCHANGES

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Sir Alan Ayckbourn/Directed by Next Stage Artistic Director Ann Garner

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.
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.

Open:   07/28/08
Close:   08/02/08

Schedule:
Monday, July 28 630PM
Tuesday, July 29 830PM
Wednesday, July 30 630PM
Thursday, July 31 830PM
Friday, August 1 630PM
Saturday, August 2 900PM
Theater:   Workshop Theater
Address:   312 West 36th Street
New York, NY
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(Take the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E trains to 34th Street)

Cost:$18.00
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Company: Midtown International Theatre Festival         Official Web Site: www.midtownfestival.org