Theater for the New City Sets Its Sixth Dream Up Festival


    NEW YORK — From August 30 to September 20, 2015 Theater for the New City (TNC), under the direction of Crystal Field, Artistic Director, will present its sixth “Dream Up Festival,” a festival of adventurous theater featuring new works from across the country and abroad. Helmed by the theater’s Literary Manager, Michael Scott-Price, the festival offers 26 plays, all of which are world premieres or New York premieres.

    This year, owing to growing popularity, the festival has expanded beyond its primary venue. For the festival’s first five years, all productions were presented at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. This year, 19 productions will be presented at TNC and seven will be presented at an outside venue, The Producrs Club Theaters at 358 West 44th Street.

    The roster includes plays, dance theater, solo works and interdisciplinary works. This year there are six dance theater works and four musicals. Critics are invited to all performances of all shows. All of the productions will be staged at least five times.

    With its Dream Up Festival, TNC opens itself up to theater from the country at large and to artists from overseas. Its founders, Crystal Field and Michael Scott-Price, feel this is especially needed now in a time of declining donations to the arts, grants not being awarded due to market conditions, and arts funding cuts on almost every level all across the country and abroad.

    Michael Scott-Price (Curator/Festival Director) has directed in New York City at venues including Chashama, Dixon Place and Collective Unconscious. He has written and directed productions that were presented nationally as well as in Canada, Ireland, and England. Currently, he is also Curator of TNC’s “New City, New Blood” reading series and “Scratch Night” (works-in-progress). He is Artistic Director of an experimental theatre company, Asteroid B612 Theatre Company, which made its debut in the 17th Annual HERE American Living Room Series in August 2006. He has studied at the School of Physical Theatre in London, England, at the Odin Teatret in Hostelbro, Denmark and in the International School Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) in Wroclaw, Poland with Eugenio Barba and company. He is an alumnus of Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab.

    Theater for the New City (TNC) maintains a distinctive commitment to high artistic values and community service. In an effort to make theater accessible to all, TNC presents an assortment of distinct, exceptional events each year, including the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, which celebrates the artistic and cultural diversity of TNC’s Lower East Side community; an annual Village Halloween Ball and an annual summer Street Theater tour that presents a free, live, original musical in thirteen neighborhoods in all five boroughs. Most of these are free of charge to the public.

    For tickets, call Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or go to: For additional info, call TNC box office at 212-254-1109.

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