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The 12th season of the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) is playing July 11 - 31, 2011 at the June Havoc Theatre, the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, the Main Stage Theater, and the Jewel Box Theater in Manhattan, New York City.
John 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. The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself, and therefore the Festival requests minimal production values.
The MITF celebrates the diversity of theatre with a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures, and appetites. The MITF seeks to nurture new ideas, perspectives, and stories on its stages, with the intention of guiding these productions toward future success and longevity.
Some of the 33 plays being performed are:
Alice: A New MusicalBook by Andrew BarbatoMusic/Lyrics by Andrew Barbato and Leslie DesantisProduced by Cellar DoorA young girl runs away from her 13th birthday, only to discover that becoming an adult doesn't have to mean letting go of your childhood.
Boomers, The Musical of a GenerationBook, Music & Lyrics by Peter Baron"An intimate, emotional roller coaster ride with Will and Laura, through three decades of world altering events. Their dreams and idealism collide with reality to forever alter their fairy tale existence."
Dad Doesn't DanceBy Nora BrownProduced by Small Pond EnterprisesA woman's quest to find her biological father. "Clues from five mysterious men help her reach BioDad's door in Hollywood. Does she have the courage to knock?"
Flowers: A Thorny Romance StoryBy Carolyn M. Brown and D.E. Womack Produced by All in Black and White ProductionsWhether she's a Fortune 500 wife and mother, Christian immigrant, lesbian poet, or a teenager in love, whenever a woman is hit she gets a bouquet of flowers and an apology. Flowers intertwines vignettes, monologues, poetry and music to explore love's journey.
Hanky PankyBy Vicki VodreyProduced by Lot In Life Productions, LLC"A family descends on Flowering Fields Nursing Home around the bedside table of their nearly deceased patriarch. Old wounds are re-opened and new battle lines are drawn in the hilarious dark comedy."
Lavender ShoreWritten by Lawson CaldwellDirected by Lenny LeibowitzA woman with two husbands, one of whom has fallen in love with someone else, and a twice-scorned woman who is the best friend of the bride. Or is she? A gender-bending twist on a comic yet touching tale of true love in 1936 New York high society.
Mad Mel and the MarradiansWritten and Produced by Gary Morgenstein (Syfy Channel)In this sci-fi comedy, a writer's phony scholarship stumbles upon a deadly plot by ancient aliens. Now they invade. In pearls.
Peg O' My HeartAdapted as a Musical by Karin BakerOriginal 1920s play by J Hartley MannersProduced by Hell's Kitchen Musicals"It's 1920 and young Peg is traveling from lower Manhattan to upper class English society, where the banks are failing and all hell is about to break loose. Who knew one young girl could singlehandedly burst everyone's bubble."
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are DeadBy Tom StoppardProduced by Panicked ProductionsAn all female cast as the late 16th Century comedy duo.
SarkeBy Lia Bakhturidze SirelsonProduced by Dancing Crane, Inc.MITF's first-ever foreign language production, written in the Georgian language. Veriko, an elderly Tbilisi woman, tries to marry her daughter to a "rich" NY Georgian man in this entertaining yet tragi-comic clash between the old and new cultures.
Sex CurveWritten and Produced by Merridith AllenHypothesis: Science can control who you fall in love with. After a nasty break-up, a biochemist invents a serum which blocks the effects of the love-inducing hormone, oxytocin. She then creates an experiment which declares war on love, sex, relationships and gender roles.
For more information, go to www.midtownfestival.org.
Midtown International Theatre Festival July 11 - 31, 2011
June Havoc TheatreDorothy Strelsin TheatreMain Stage TheaterJewel Box Theater312 W. 36th StreetNew York City
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