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Midtown Intl Theatre Fest 2011

The 12th season of the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) is playing July 11 -mtf-Logo 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 Musical
Book by Andrew Barbato
Music/Lyrics by Andrew Barbato and Leslie Desantis
Produced by Cellar Door
A 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 Generationmtf-Boomers
Book, 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 Dance
By Nora Brown
Produced by Small Pond Enterprises
A 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 Story
By Carolyn M. Brown and D.E. Womack
Produced by All in Black and White Productions
Whether 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 Panky
By Vicki Vodreymtf-MadMelProduced 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 Shore
Written by Lawson Caldwell
Directed by Lenny Leibowitz
A 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 Marradians
Written 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 Heart
Adapted as a Musical by Karin Baker
Original 1920s play by J Hartley Manners
Produced 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 Deadmtf-Sarke
By Tom Stoppard
Produced by Panicked Productions
An all female cast as the late 16th Century comedy duo.

By Lia Bakhturidze Sirelson
Produced 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 Curve
Written and Produced by Merridith Allen
Hypothesis: 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

Midtown International Theatre Festival
July 11 - 31, 2011

June Havoc Theatre
Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
Main Stage Theater
Jewel Box Theater
312 W. 36th Street
New York City

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