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Apr 27 2013

John Chatterton presents The Fourteenth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival 2013 Season

 

John Chatterton presents

The Fourteenth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival

2013 Season

 

Midtown International Theatre FestivalThe Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) is pleased to announce the lineup of full-length plays and musicals for its fourteenth season, running from July 15 to August 4, 2013 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC, 1st floor; the Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC, 4th floor.  Tickets are $15 for short plays and $18 for longer plays. Readings are free. Tickets will be available in May at www.midtownfestival.org or by phone at 866-811-4111. The Festival also offers various group discounts and package passes, good for full-length and short plays.

The lineup represents submissions in all genres. Nonmusical plays run 45–90 minutes; musicals may go as long as two hours.

John Chatterton, MITF executive producer, says he’s excited about this year’s Festival. “It’s as big as or bigger than any previous year. After a rebuilding year, we’re roaring back into prominence as the third-biggest theatre festival in New York City. I’m also very happy with the level of quality of this year’s entries.”

Mr. 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.  In 2003, the MITF moved its activities to their current location, the TheatreBuilding on W. 36th St., where it has been successfully ensconced since.  In 2008 the Festival expanded from two theatres in that building to four, at the WorkShop Theater and Abingdon Theatre Company spaces. The MITF’s artistic emphasis is on the script itself, and therefore the Festival focuses on minimal production values.

 

The Actual Dance, by Samuel A. Simon

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

The Actual Dance. 60 min.

 

The Adventures of Superbunny, by Michael Mackenzie Wills

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

The Adventures of Superbunny is a new children’s musical, based on the best-selling book for young readers Thumperino — Diary of a Superbunny, which deals with such issues as healthy eating, environmental awareness, consequences for one’s actions, self-motivation, courage, and confidence. 60 min.

 

Angel on My Shoulder, by James Beaumont, O’Mara Leary and Warren Hill

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

A jazzy update of the classic movie about a gangster who gets a second chance at life-only not exactly alive. 120 min.

 

Azalea Path, by Jack Wernick

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Sylvia Plath returns to her father’s grave on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her death, only to encounter a pair of radical feminists determined to rewrite herstory.  45 min.

 

Background Voices Calling From A Distance, by Jenifer Badamo

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Is God really judgmental or do we judge ourselves? 60 min.

 

Bending All The Rules, by James Salem and Joseph Salem

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Whether you’re gay, lesbian, bi or straight, you’ve got to bend the rules to win the (dating) game! 120 min.

 

Black Ice, by Lezlie Revelle

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

A tale of lifelong friends struggling with issues of sexuality and loss. 90 min.

 

Black is the Color of My Voice, by Apphia Campbell

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Who is Mena Bordeaux? 105 min.

 

The Black Man-O-logues, by Jacquay Waller

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC 90 min.

 

Break None of His Bones, by Joanne de Simone

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Leopold and Loeb with cell phones, but with not as many grey cells…. 45 min.

 

Coffee\Evil, by Michael Hagins

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

An office temp becomes suspicious of her surroundings at her new assignment. 45 min.

 

Color of Life, by Sachiko Ishimaru

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

A bittersweet love story told through song. Using colors as a metaphor for living, we paint a picture of two lives intertwining, there colors blending, and new colors emerging in their lives. 90 min.

 

Crazytown: my first psychopath, by Jude Treder-Wolff

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

A comic take on how an encounter with a psychopath helped an over-eager therapist get over herself…when nothing else seemed to be working. 75 min.

 

The Dark I Know, by Alex Eisen and John Watts

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

The Dark I Know tells the story of two families, one Jewish, during the rise of Nazism in Germany during the early 1930s. 120 min.

 

Division Avenue, by Miki Bone

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

What happens when the Internet pierces through the invisible walls of sequestered lifestyles? 90 min.

 

Dream of an Englshman, by Ana Ingham

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

When a person has a dream they are never alone; and their life is much better for it. 60 min.

 

Enter Singing, the musical, by Linda Evans (composer, lyricist, book)

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC 120 min.

 

Fancy, by Michael F. Bruck

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

A Brooklyn couple celebrate their 10th Anniversary in a high end Manhattan restaurant. 45 min.

 

Fetal Attraction, by Sarah M. Chichester

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Laura plans on doing a life-changing commitment and ends up changing someone else’s instead. 45 min.

 

Franz/Drew/Rotpeter, by Drew Valins and Franz Kafka

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Drawing from Franz Kafka’s texts and the stories of his own life, Drew weaves together a tale of man’s struggle between his primal and his artistic self. 75 min.

 

The HAT Chronicles, by Jonathan Johnson

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

A hat, a stranger and an open mixed with inspiration, encouragement and wisdom combine for a great journey of self-discovery in The HAT Chronicles. 90 min.

 

Hollywood! Hollywood!, by Lou Briggs Vitacco

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Through song and dance, laughter and tears, joy and sorrow, young starry-eyed hopefuls get together to tell their tales in the exciting new musical, Hollywood! Hollywood! 105 min.

 

How To Make A Robot, by Garrett Lander

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

A human-like robot is great, until it starts acting human. 90 min.

 

The Linguists, by EJ Sepp

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Mispronunciation will not be tolerated.  45 min.

 

Love Stinks, by Kate Plumb Rader

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

“Love Stinks” – When Love Can Drive you Mad, Literally. 75 min.

 

Love, Liz, by Missy Maramara

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Learn to be a star from a Filipino FOB through this funny and heartbreaking quest for Hollywood. 75 min.

 

Love, Genius and a Walk, by Gay Walley

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Freud, Mahler and contemporary artists wrangle out in their personal lives if genius can be married and what it is an artist needs to work. 90

 

The Man and Words, by Mehdi Mashhour

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Do you ever feel lonely? 45 min.

 

Margarita and Max, by Manuel Igrejas

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

A lonely woman in Cedar Chips New Jersey waits for a bus to New York City and finds love with a black plastic bag. 60 min.

 

Marilyn, by Chris Savery

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, Who was the Fairest of them all. 90 min.

 

Me and Caesar Lee, by Pat Holley

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Mama, these kids’ll to be the death of me! 105 min.

 

Motel Rasdell, by Danielle DeMatteo and Christina Bracco

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Set in the 1940s just outside of Boston, Motel Rasdell tells the (slightly) true story of the inhabitants of the area’s sleaziest motel fighting to save the only home they’ve ever known. 120 min.

 

Naked Brazilian, by Gustavo Pace

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Struggling against his father’s wishes to become a lawyer, a young man journeys from Rio to NYC to fulfill his own dreams to become a clown. 75 min.

 

The Names, by Alec Gutherz

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Are you waiting for your name to be called? 90 min.

 

The Past Is Still Ahead, by Sophia Romma

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

One of Russia’s most ill-fated and controversial cult poets of the twentieth century, Marina Tsvetaeva, revisits the tumultuously tragic and sexy events of her life just before she succumbs to committing suicide at the hands of the Soviet Secret Police, in 1941, while exiled in Siberia. 60 min.

 

Poisoned, by Jim Boyett

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Sam’s in town for her brother’s wedding. She just wants to help out–right? 90 min.

 

A Question of Taste, by Andrew Ade

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

What happens when two rebels for the same cause but different generations are thrown into the same a prison cell? 60 min.

 

The Renaissance Dueling Play, by Michael Hagins

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

A swordsman and his assistant introduce the pros and cons of dueling. 75 min.

 

Reunion Run, by John Doble

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC 90 min.

 

Samaritans, Or Where Is Sylvia?, by Wayne Paul Mattingly

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Sidney seeks Sylvia, his dead wife: Where is she? 75 min.

 

The Shallot, by Rachel Arbeit

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

Where losing your job meets losing your mind. 90 min.

 

SingleVille, by Mary McCallum

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

SingleVille- is an exploration of the lives of three women striving to navigate through the thicket of love, singlehood and survival. 75 min.

 

Slain in the Spirit, by Lisa Milinazzo

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Slain in the Spirit follows Molly Lynch through  the battlefield of the bible belt joined by her 4 kids and a group of scruffy comic angels, tugged at from every side to bound through holy hoops, using her animated dream life to attempt escape. 90 min.

 

SLEEP AT YOUR OWN RISK, by Matthew Ethan Davis

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Guy struggles with the phenomenon of sleepwalking while trying to hold onto the love of his life…and not walk out of his apartment naked. 60 min.

 

Sophia, by Michael Antin

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

A “laugh-in-your-face” musical comedy set in the 1960s, where a beauty is looking for an extraordinary love in an ordinary man. 105 min.

 

Sort of Like Julie… Only Worse…, by Julie Hays

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

A comedy… about a comedy… about a middle-aged white lady who isn’t fat or sassy and has one dream… to perform at the famed Apollo Theater. 75 min.

 

Soul on Fire the Musical, by Tyrone Stanley

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

SOUL ON FIRE, an inspiring musical production set in a seemingly perfect utopian community, is a poignant drama that follows Kisha and Mozes as they discover forbidden love woven through a web of secrets, lies, and hypocrisy.  120 min.

 

Stetson’d, by Mark Stetson and Devin Delliquanti

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

In Mark’s search for meaning in his life, his battle with the universe has been one of attrition. This is a story of survival. 90 min.

 

The Suitcase, by Erin Cunningham

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

How far will two people go to fulfill their obligations to one another? And will they notice the man hiding under the bed? 45 min.

 

Three True Stories, by Neil Genzlinger

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

You know those smarmy gloating-parent stories people are always telling about their kids? These are the opposite. 60 min.

 

Trapped, by Henriette Rise

The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

TRAPPED – Chained to Reality and left to die. 90 min.

 

Trudy Carmichael: My Life on the V-List, by Robin Rothman

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Through a collection of song parodies, mash-ups and original songs, Las Vegas Lounge legend, Trudy Carmichael bares all (FIGURATIVELY speaking) and strikes many a bittersweet note in this soulful and soul-searching Cabaret.  60 min.

 

Two Women on a Precipice, by Karin Fazio Littlefield

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Two women stand at the edge of the abyss, about to hurl themselves into oblivion hang on a moment. 45 min.

 

The Violin Maker, by Roark Littlefield

The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

A dying man reveals the truth to his longtime lover, that she exists only in his mind. 45 min.

 

Web Emporium, by Akos Nemeth (Hungarian) translator: Eugene Brogyanyi

The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Two 14-year-old girls form an illegal prescription-drug company which yields big money and big risks. 90 min.

 

Yesterday Iran/Today Iraq, by L. S. Goldberg

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC

On the eve of his first deployment to Iraq, Pvt. Steven “Stippy” Goodman discovers a mysterious box of World War II letters from his grandfather, Lt. Chester A. “Grumpa” Goodman. 60 min.

 

The 2013 Festival will take place at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor.

 

Further information about the MITF can be found on the Festival Web site, at www.MidtownFestival.org.