Genre: Festival

John Chatterton andThe Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) are pleased to announce the Third Annual Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, from February 4 through 24, 2013. The Festival will take place at Roy Arias Studios’ Stage 2, 300 W. 43rd St. 4th fl. Tickets (from $13 to $18, depending on a play’s length; no discounts for seniors or students) are available at www.SmartTix.com (search by play title or follow the link provided below) or by calling 212/868-4444.

“Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow. Tennessee Williams’s college professor made him write one-act plays, before he went on to write STREETCAR. Writing one-acts or even ten-minute plays is a natural step in a playwright’s development, or even a way for the master to step back and amuse him- or herself between blockbusters. This year’s Festival crams three performances of three-dozen one-acts into three weeks in one theatre, which must be some sort of record!”


A BABY’S ARM HOLDING AN APPLE by Mandi Riggi (45 min.). Two souls long for lost love as they await their fate in the afterlife.
Wednesday, February 20 at 9pm; Friday, February 22 at 8pm; Sunday, February 24 at 3:15pm

Tix:  http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=BAB22


A CREDIT TO HIS RACE by Steve Gold (60 min.). A tale of racism, forbidden love, and Mussolini based on the life of Ernest Just, a pioneer black scientist.

Tuesday, February 5 at 8:45pm; Saturday, February 9 at 7:15pm; Sunday, February 10 at 5:30pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=CRE15


BRIDGE TO BARAKA by Yvette Heyliger (30 min.). Emboldened by an unlikely 1960s movement, Yvette X stakes her claim as a female dramatist coming of age during the ongoing fight for parity in the American Theatre.
Tuesday, February 19 at 8:30pm; Saturday, February 23 at 7pm; Sunday, February 24 at 4:15pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=BRI42


CHILD OF FAITH Written & directed by Christopher Tedrick; starring Kayla Wickes, Jason Faust, & Simone Zvi (60 min.). The fight for survival in a post-revolution world.

Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30pm; Saturday, February 9 at 8:30pm; Sunday, February 10 at 4:15pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=CHI46


FELDMAN & SONS by Lawrence Apple (60 min.) A fateful decision confronts a struggling family clothing company and its aging leader.

Monday, February 11 at 6pm; Thursday, February 14 at 8:30pm; Saturday, February 16 at 3:30pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=FEL6


FORCE REDEMPTION by Shawn Belpanno (60 min.). Star Wars parody of a high adventure on a space station.

Monday, February 11 at 7:15pm; Thursday, February 14 at 6pm; Saturday, February 16 at 4:45pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=FOR39


FRIENDLY Written & directed by Mike Durell (60 min.). Starring Alexandra Hellquist, Jenny Paul, Gary Lizardo, John Felidi, & Mike Durell. Two young women making their way in the big city fall into a mysterious plot.
Monday, February 11 at 8:30pm; Thursday, February 14 at 7:15pm; Saturday, February 16 at 2:15pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=FRI16


GET ME A GUY by Israela Margalit (45 min.). Comedy about women needing a guy.

Monday, February 4 at 7:15pm; Thursday, February 7 at 8pm; Saturday, February 9 at 4pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=GET10


LIFE AS A POMEGRANATE By Dawna J. Wightman; directed by Ginette Mohr; sound composition by David Mesiha (60 min.). One-woman comedy about a young woman with kids and a bad marriage in a redneck Canadian town.
Wednesday, February 6 at 6:15pm; Friday, February 8 at 7:15pm; Sunday, February 10 at 3pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=LIF34


LINOLEUM’S HARD by Joanne DeSimone, directed by Jay Michaels; starring Sara Minisquero, Laura Aristovulos, Gaby Mook &Abigail Formas, stage managed by Joanna Barbaro and Andrew Liebowitz (60 min.). Vicki & Emily dream of love and fame... but that might not be the hand they're dealt.

Tuesday, February 12 at 6pm; Friday, February 15 at 7:45pm; Sunday, February 17 at 2pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=LIN23


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS by Laura Pederson, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser (45 min.). When their apartment lease conflicts with their marriage contract Charlie and Lois get creative.

Tuesday, February 12 at 6pm; Saturday, February 16 at 6pm; Sunday, February 17 at 4:15pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=LIV153


MACHO MOMENTS by Joseph P. Krawczyk (45 min.). Two war veterans adjust to civilian life. 

Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm; Saturday, February 16 at 7pm; Sunday, February 17 at 7pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=MAC29


NEWLYWED HOSTAGE PARTY by Adam Pitzler (45 min.). Rocky Horror Show parody about a couple going home to visit divorced Dad, when videogame-loving pal and criminal niece stop by.

Tuesday, February 19 at 9:15pm; Saturday, February 23 at 8:45pm; Sunday, February 24 at 5pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=NEW218


NEXT STOP, ANYWHERE by Yasmine Lever (60 min.). Father and daughter have a reunion as he tries to get sober.

Wednesday, February 20 at 6pm; Friday, February 22 at 6:45pm; Sunday, February 24 at 12:15pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=NEX12

NOBODY BUT SOMEBODY by Davon Clark (45 min.). A modern-day musical talking about civil rights events of the past, Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parks, Freedom Riders, etc.

Tuesday, February 12 at 8pm; Saturday, February 16 at 8:45pm; Sunday, February 17 at 5:15pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=NOB6


NOBODY’S BONES by Heather McCuen (30 min.). Emma awakens to find the unlikely hitman sent to kill her family.

Wednesday, February 20 at 10pm; Friday, February 22 at 9pm; Sunday, February 24 at 2:30pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=NOB7


OLD MAN RIVER by Corey Pajka, directed by Guil Fisher (45 min.). A young man with the eyes of the world on him, and a young woman who’s been let down by human nature, cross paths in a New York bar discovering they weren’t as alone as they thought.

Wednesday, February 20 at 8pm; Friday, February 22 at 9:45pm; Sunday, February 24 at 1:30pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=OLD10


PRETTY LITTLE MOUTH by Marcus Yi (60 min.). A former dominatrix is blackmailed into having an affair by her music student.

Monday, February 18 at 6pm; Thursday, February 21 at 7:15pm; Sunday, February 23 at 2pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=PRE37


QUICK BRIGHT THINGS IN CLIP ON TIES by Colleen Scriven (45 min.).

Monday, February 4 at 8:15pm; Thursday, February 7 at 7pm; Saturday, February 9 at 1:45pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=QUI9


RADICAL by Nelson Diaz-Marcano (60 min.). September 11, 1973 Chile. An American missionary and a wounded young man are trapped in a basement where they are met by an armed cynical idealist while society crumbles during one of the most devastating coups in Latin american history.

Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30pm; Friday, February 8 at 8:30pm; Sunday, February 10 at 12:30pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=RAD18


RADIO MARA MARA by Libby Emmons, directed by Ali Ayala; starring Christopher Burris and Zoe Metcalfe-Klaw (45 min.). In an abandoned radio station in the hills around a bombed-out capital city, the DJ and the Archivist come to terms with the world that's left them behind.

Monday, February 18 at 7:15pm; Thursday, February 21 at 8:30pm; Saturday, February 23 at 4:30pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=RAD19


RED FLOWERS IN THE SNOW by Lavinia Roberts, directed by Irene Kapustina; starring Joey Lozada, Lucie Pohl, & Mike Amato (45 min.). Three squatters try to take care of themselves when no one else cares.

Monday, February 4 at 9:15pm; Thursday, February 7 at 10:15pm; Saturday, February 9 at 5pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=RED28


SHOOTING POOL WITH A ROPE by Lynn-Steven Johanson (45 min.). A meeting between an old man and a teenage boy forever changes each of their lives.

Saturday, February 23 at 11:45am and 7:45pm; Sunday, February 24 at 7pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=SHO155


THAT WOMAN’S CHILD by Rebekah L. Pierce (30 min.). A woman running a hat store runs into her father's wife who hated her mother for having an affair and child with her husband.

Tuesday, February 12 at 9pm; Saturday, February 16 at 8pm; Sunday, February 17 at 6:15pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=THA13


THE LIFEGUARD by Tony Manzo (60 min.) Frank and nephew Bobby try to keep Larry from making a big mistake in marrying a “Black Widow” type in a Fla. nursing home.

Tuesday, February 19 at 6:45pm; Saturday, February 23 at 6:30pm; Sunday, February 24 at 8pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=LIF33


THE LIGHT OF LIFE by William Packard, directed by Gregory Higgins (60 min.) A young actress endures a horror of an audition to get a lead on a Broadway show.

Wednesday, February 6 at 8:30pm; Friday, February 8 at 6pm; Sunday, February 10 at 1:45pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=LIG12


THE PRANKSMITH by Anthony Guerino (45 min.) A man must choose between a friend he cares about and a joke he loves.

Wednesday, February 13 at 8pm; Friday, February 15 at 6:45pm; Sunday, February 17 at 1pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=PRA5


THE SUPREME BEINGS by Michael Horn (30 min.) Mister and Missus God compare notes.

Tuesday, February 12 at 9:45pm; Saturday, February 16 at 9:45pm; Sunday, February 17 at 8pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=SUP4


THE TOUPEE by Tom Dunn (60 min.) When her husband dies in the arms of a prostitute, the wife makes a startling proposition.

Wednesday, February 13 at 10pm; Friday, February 15 at 10pm; Sunday, February 17 at 11:45am
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=TOU5


THE TRAINER by S. Karlan (60 min.) The increasing submission of a solitary man to his personal trainer and its attendant consequences. 

Monday, February 18 at 9:30pm; Thursday, February 21 at 9:30pm; Saturday, February 23 at 12:15pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=TRA40


TRUE ARTISTS by Gregory Nissen (45 min.) Was Beethoven a revolutionary?  See slices of his life in early 19th-century Germany.  Including excerpts from his music.  

Tuesday, February 19 at 6pm; Saturday, February 23 at 9:45pm; Sunday, February 24 at 6pm

Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=TRU20


WAITING ROOM by Brian-Paul Mendoza (60 min.) Two people in a waiting room talk about crime, punishment, God, etc. 

Wednesday, February 6 at 10pm; Friday, February 8 at 9:45pm; Sunday, February 10 at 11am
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=WAI21


WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? by Bill Beasley (30 min.) Two male friends deal with one of them being dumped by a supermodel.

Wednesday, February 20 at 7:15pm; Friday, February 22 at 6pm; Sunday, February 24 at 11:30pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=WHA46


WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO HENRY? by Scott Rogowsky (45 min.) An unorthodox meditation on Orthodox Judaism, as explored by three old friends who reunite in Israel for the wedding of an estranged classmate.

Wednesday, February 13 at 9pm; Friday, February 15 at 9pm; Sunday, February 17 at 3:15pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=WHA45


WHO KNEW? by Russ Gerard Ritriato (60 min.) A standup comic ruminates.

Monday, February 4 at 6pm; Thursday, February 7 at 9pm; Saturday, February 9 at 2:45pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=WHO16


WICCANS IN THE ’HOOD by Michelle T. Johnson (60 min.). Friends conducting rituals in an urban cemetery are mistakenly taken for being Wiccans by a black neighbor who stumbles upon them.

Monday, February 18 at 8:15pm; Thursday, February 21 at 6pm; Saturday, February 23 at 3:15pm
Tix: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=WIC


John Chatterton created the MITF in 2000, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. The MITF’s artistic emphasis is on the script itself, and therefore the Festival focuses on minimal production values. If anything, the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, and Mr. Chatterton’s other showcases for short plays, take the theme of minimalism even further. As he puts it, “The shorter the plays, the more plays we have in one space, so the less space we have for each one. We learn to share.”

Open:   02/04/13
Close:   02/24/13

Please see full schedule above or on www.SmartTix.com
Theater:   Roy Arias Studios and Theatres
Address:   300 West. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$13 to $18, depending on a play’s length
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444