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Todays Date: 06/26/22
Last Update: 07/11/13 10:16:29 PM

Address: 312 West 36th Street, First Floor
New York, NY    10018

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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.


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

  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

The Actual Dance  | Open: 07/21/13 Close: 08/03/13
The Actual Dance is a play written and performed by Sam Simon. It is a dramatic exploration of the emotional and spiritual journey of confronting the possibility of being with the person you have loved most in the world through the end of life. In the spring of 2000, Sam's wife Susan was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. That diagnosis and subsequent treatments took both of them on a roller coaster ride that moved from elation to despair and back again. The Actual Dance is a presentation of that ride from Sam's perspective.

Through performance and engagement with audiences, Sam has come to understand that there is a hunger for engagement on this topic. The Actual Dance itself offers a perspective not often found, that of the “partner” of the person confronted with life-threatening disease. It is also a male voice in the breast cancer journey facing so many people, primarily women. The experience of writing and performing this play has also transformed Sam, who has also begun to write poetry based on the play.

Yesterday Iran/Today Iraq  | Open: 07/24/13 Close: 07/26/13
Yesterday Iran /Today Iraq

On the eve of his first deployment to Iraq, Pvt. Steven “Stippy” Goodman discovers a mysterious box of letters from his grandfather, Lt. Chester A. Goodman. The letters hail from a time when his grandfather was also in the military, helping to service and maintain a vital supply route to the Russians through the Persian Gulf region during the second World War. At first arrogant and dismissive, Stippy finds himself reluctantly piecing back together a map that may lead him across an ocean of time to find relevance in his grandfather's experiences.

 Actors: Andrew Hutcheson* & Blake Williams.

L. S. Goldberg ©2013

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March Madness  | Open: 10/26/12 Close: 11/18/12
With the economy struggling and newspapers dying, Maury and his fellow reporters devise a desperate plan that will allow one of them to escape office hell and live his or her dream. The office sports pool, once a fun diversion, becomes a deadly serious game when the ante is substantially raised, and what's at stake becomes no less than their lives. And yes, it’s a comedy!

The Last White Family On Dorchester Road  | Open: 08/09/12 Close: 08/19/12
Terry McCory, better known as faded gay porn superstar Blaze Wilde, is heading home after a failed suicide attempt. With his career over, penniless and injured, he returns to the place he fled as a teenager, where his mother, illegitimate half-brother and twin sister still reside in a cycle of poverty, alcoholism and substance abuse. Unwelcome by his drunken mother and resented by his slothful brother, Terry is forced to come to terms with demons of his past and faces the person he truly is when he uncovers an ominous family secret that has molded them all into whom and what they are.




About the Company: BrainSpunk Theater

It is our mission to create a well rounded presentation of works that reflect the many diverse individuals that embody the LGBT community.

It is our belief that LGBT theater has been stigmatized in the mainstream culture, leaving many of our stories untold, unrepresented, and lacking a strong voice in our modern times. Therefore, we commit to explore LGBT subjects and materials that provoke discussion of difficult questions. To find works that show all facets of LGBT culture, including, but not limited to playwriting, performance, subject matter and technical theater representation.

We extend our commitment by pledging to encourage not only LGBT performers, but technicians and others working in the divergent aspects of theatrical production. To further our commitment, we will be incorporating philanthropic causes from the LGBT community on our agenda.

Our Stories. Our Lives. Our Time.

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.

Keep On Truckin' It's War  | Open: 07/16/12 Close: 08/02/12
Beckett meets Stoppard in this fish-out-of-water comedy of two stranded souls, lost in a strange desert, searching for identity, purpose, and reality. Plus, it seems they’ve driven their truck right into a war zone and now find themselves in a definite pickle.

Oberon Theatre Ensemble (Brad Fryman, Artistic Director) returns to the Midtown International Theatre Festival where its previous two productions, Insecurity the Musical and The Starship Astrov (starring Tony Award nominee Elizabeth A. Davis), were nominated for 16 awards, winning three. Mark Karafin (MITF Outstanding Director nominee for Insecurity the Musical) directs the world premiere comedy by Walter Brandes.

The cast includes Walter Brandes, Brad Fryman and Christine Verleny. Nick Moore (MITF Outstanding Sound Design nominee for The Starship Astrov) is the sound designer.

About the Company: Oberon Theatre Ensemble

The Oberon Theatre Ensemble is an active player in New York’s independent theatre community. Each season we combine classic, contemporary, and new works in a format that allows each to highlight and enhance the other. We juxtapose new against old in a single evening or in a repertory schedule, with our ensemble of actors and directors nimbly jumping from one world to another to draw our audiences fully into the experience.

Lifeline  | Open: 03/09/12 Close: 04/01/12
In LIFELINE, when good-hearted Pete rents his basement to depressed, unstable Ken, there seems to be potential for a wonderful friendship. But, as he delves into Ken's world, Pete uncovers problems that might not be solved with a game of poker and a six-pack.

LIFELINE co-stars Lori Gardner (BLAME IT ON BECKETT at Abingdon, THE DEEP THROAT SEX SCANDAL), Carole Monferdini (FOUR PLACES at Merrimack Rep), Buzz Roddy (Off-Broadway's PERFECT CRIME), Brian Wallace (THE GOOD NEGRO at Public Theater), and Britt Whittle (LYRIC IS WAITING).

The production has scenic design by David Arsenault; lighting design by Travis McHale; sound design by Ian Wehrle; and costume design by Kimberly Matela. The Production Stage Manager is Mark Hoffner.

About the Company: Abingdon Theatre Company

Since 1993, Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced new plays by American playwrights exclusively. Their actors, directors, designers, producers and dramaturgs have collaborated with more than 200 playwrights to develop original plays. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jan Buttram and Managing Director Samuel J. Bellinger, the company provides a safe home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback through readings and workout labs, culminating in full productions.

Sister Myotis's Bible Camp  | Open: 06/11/10 Close: 07/04/10
Being the head deaconess of an 80,000-member mega-church is not without its challenges. In SISTER MYOTIS'S BIBLE CAMP, the faithful flocks need tending. And for the faithless, well, let's just say there's hope. Sister Myotis, Ima Lone, and Velma Needlemeyer will be in attendance to host the annual Women's Church Retreat in hopes of giving backsliders, whoremongers, and the "chronically mediocre" a second chance at salvation.

Steve Swift stars as Sister Myotis, whose sermon on thongs and "good Christian panties" has become a YouTube sensation, with over 2,600,000 viewers. Joining Mr. Swift are Todd Berry as Velma Needlemeyer and Jenny Odle Madden as Ima Lone.

SISTER MYOTIS'S BIBLE CAMP features set design by Jerre Dye; costume design by Ashley Whitten Kopera and Kim Yeager, with Kathy Farris; and sound design by David Newsome.

A Poisonous Tree  | Open: 07/14/09 Close: 08/01/09
Amidst the mounting death and destruction in 1972 Vietnam, Navy officers struggle with justice at one of the war’s ugliest court martial trials.

Bruce Colbert • Robert Freedman
Dan Hicks • Guito Wingfield

Las Escenas De La Cruz/scenes Of The Cross  | Open: 07/17/09 Close: 08/01/09
A troupe of immigrant actors share true “scenes from the cross” from Mexico to the U.S. through various theatrical forms, from French farce to Brechtian agitprop. The drama captures the struggles of settling in the contemporary United States and exposes the clash of romantic hopes and harsh reality. “Las escenas” makes its World Premiere with the 2009 Midtown International Theater Festival.

I Hate Love  | Open: 07/13/09 Close: 08/01/09
 Kira and Lieutenant Cruz are getting married! ...or so they think. Love is in the air, hot shot pilots from Cruz's Navy squadron are coming, but not everyone is happy about the impending nuptials. And what exactly is going on between Bennett the best man and Kira's cousin Tom? Scornful exes, anonymous texting, and even an officer may come out in this modern day, gender-bending interpolation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

Whiskey, Beer, & Apple Pie  | Open: 07/13/09 Close: 08/01/09
Every 8.7 Seconds, a story repeats itself--in bars, tables, and booths across New York City, someone is dumped. Here are three of those stories that will speak to anyone who has ever been on either end of the three dreaded phrases: "We Need to Talk...," "It's not you -- it's me," "No, seriously .. it's over!"

The Sword Politik  | Open: 07/30/09 Close: 07/30/09
Something is rotten in Germania! Not only are the Savages invading, but the Baron is dead and his daughter is the only heiress. But women cannot bear arms, and she must be married to a man who can protect the Barony. Whoever that man is will control her and the balance of power in Germania, so an adventurous quest for power develops as every man fights for the Baroness' hand and for control of the Sword Politik.

Freudian Slips  | Open: 01/24/09 Close: 02/15/09
Is Sigmund Freud going crazy? Obsessed with a beautiful female patient, he dreams of killing her lover. Falling in love proves a major distraction for Freud while he prepares to duel his rival, the mad Dr. Otto Brotto, for the very survival of psychoanalysis. FREUDIAN SLIPS asks, "What's an analyst to do?"

Marvin Lifschitz (Playwright) is a licensed psychoanalyst and practices in New York City and Westchester. He is on the faculty, supervisor, and training analyst at The Institute For Expressive Analysis, and the Westchester Institute For Training in Psychoanalysis. As a boy in Jersey City, he created dramatic and comedic stories for friends and relatives. He has written comedy for various groups and has also written a screenplay, The Evil Inclination, and another play Eternal Life. He is a published author of two books on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Three Sisters  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/21/08
With only six actors playing all the roles, Theatre of the Expendable will be presenting Chekhov's original story, the story of how we wish for what we won't get, of how we haggle over an unknown future, and of how time ruins us all in a new way. Presented true to the original script and staged in a nontraditional method, Theatre of the Expendable will bring Three Sisters back to Chekhov's comedic tradition. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll see something very new and yet very familiar. You've seen Chekhov, but you've never seen it like this.

THREE SISTERS features David Ian Lee*, Clinton Lowe*, Caitlin McColl*, Kendall Rileigh*, Alexander Yakovleff, and Morgan Anne Zipf.

The King Is Dead  | Open: 08/07/08 Close: 08/17/08
Five teenagers, a culturally-enlightening class trip to Graceland, and a few too many supernatural occurrences throw social norms and lifelong bonds into upheaval. How do you cope with you can no longer trust the one person you thought would always be on your side? This cutting-edge production features Evan Greene, Liz Holtan, Lucas Kavner, Jessica Kaye, and Andy Stokan.
Daguerreotype  | Open: 08/02/07 Close: 08/11/07
As one of the first celebrated American photographers, Matthew Brady's images defined the Civil War. Now, at the twilight of his life, Matthew must choose between the life he has built and the legacy he wants to leave behind. DAGUERREOTYPE is a fascinating and candid journey into the mind of one of America's unsung artistic pioneers, and the iconic and lasting power of the photograph.

DAGUERREOTYPE is the New York Premiere of the American Story Project. Each of The Story Project's plays strives for honest, powerful expression among the more bizarre channels of the human experience. Each piece tackles difficult, haunting questions, striving not for answers, but for illumination, insight and a journey into the human condition.

Bed  | Open: 04/11/07 Close: 05/05/07
Phil is a guy you'll love to hate... but he might just charm your pants off. Literally. Spend an evening with Phil and see his darkly comic misadventures in BED. From schoolboy dalliances and college trysts to marital failure and home-bound houseboys, Phil's relationship roller coaster will entertain, appall, and maybe even shock you with a hint of the familiar.

Playwright Brendan Cowell is an Australian actor and screenwriter most recently seen in the hit Aussie drama Love My Way (a series for which he is also a contributing writer). BED won the 2001 Sydney Morning Herald/Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwright's Award. Cowell's other plays include Morph, ATM, and Rabbit, which won the 2003 Griffin Playwrighting Award.


"Bed makes you hunger for the next scene...it sings with truth, poetry and pain."

-The Sydney Morning Herald


Sarah-Jane Casey, Nico Evers-Swindell, Nick Flint, Emma Jackson, Ana Lucas, Nick Stevenson

Production Team:

Ianthe Demos – Director

Mike Riggs – Lighting Designer

James Hunting – Set Designer

Dave Chessman – Sound Designer

Victoria Tzykun – Costume Designer

Sarah Parvis – Publicity

Brian Michael Thomas – Graphic Designer