Genre: Comedy
©Aimee Lichtenfeld
Written and Directed by James Evans

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.

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:   07/16/09
Close:   08/02/09

Performances are July 16th at 6:30 PM, July 18th at 7:00 PM, July 22nd at 8:30 PM, July 24th at 7:30 PM, August 1st at 3:00 PM and August 2nd at noon.
Theater:   Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
Address:   312 West 36th Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 10018
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