Genre: Comedy, Drama, Lesbian+Gay, Festival, Solo Performance
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Written & Performed by Jeff Seabaugh, Directed by Samuel Buggelen

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.

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.

Cast: Jeff Seabaugh
Open:   08/02/09
Close:   08/02/09

Wednesday July 15 at 9:00 PM
Friday July 17 at 6:00 PM
Saturday July 25 at 11:30 AM
Tuesday July 28 at 6:30 PM
Saturday August 1 at 6:30 PM
Sunday August 2 at 6:00 PM.
Theater:   Jewel Box Theater
Address:   312 W. 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
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As an actor: The Importance of Being Earnest, Young Stowaways In Space, Ticket to Ride, Butch It Up 1, 2, & 3, Telephone (Short Stories 2), Uncle Vanya, Blue (NativeAliens Theatre Collective-NATC); The Cenci, Enrico IV(Jean Cocteau Rep); 1919: A Baseball Opera (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (National Shakespeare Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Son of PacMan (American Globe); Romeo and Juliet, Little Shop of Horrors, Deathtrap, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Kiss Me Kate, The Foreigner, A Flea in Her Ear, Outward Bound (Hackmatack Playhouse) As a director: In My Dreams, A Loss of Color, Vieux Carre, Furious, Vessels, My Father’s Son, Swing Out Bernadette, The Velocity of Light, Southern Reckonings, Pillow Talk (OOBR Award), Civilized, Songs From The Third Floor, Native Aliens (NATC); Witch Hunt, Strawberries, Prom Girls (Waterfront Ensemble); Bye, Bye, Birdie, The Music Man, Seussical, Oliver!, All Shook Up (Hackmatack Playhouse); A Lie of the Mind, The Boyfriend, Agnes of God, Two Frogs Choking On Sand (University of Memphis); As a playwright: In My Dreams, How to Make an American Family; founding member of NativeAliens Theatre Collective. Jeff will be appearing at Hackmatack Playhouse again this summer, playing Roger DeBris in The Producers.