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As the Summer continues, more theater festivals emerge in New York. The 13th annual Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) runs from July 16 – August 5, 2012, at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex (312 West 36th St, NY) in the June Havoc and Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. While smaller than some festivals, MITF is not lacking in ingenuity and imagination.
MITF has a strong emphasis on off-off-Broadway productions due in part to Executive Producer John Chatterton, who founded the Off-Off-Broadway Review in 1993, and created the MITF after one of his reviewers said “someone” should start a Midtown theater festival.
Chatterton founded MITF in 2000 and since then it has become an excellent show case of off-off-Broadway productions. In 2003, the MITF moved its activities to their current location, the Theatre Building on W. 36th, where it has been successfully ensconced since.
This year’s program features a wide variety of genres in theatre such as musicals, off-Broadway shows, short plays, readings, and much more.
The many offbeat works being featured include:
The 13th annual MITF is a festival that truly embraces up and coming talent as well as those looking to break the mold of traditional Broadway theatre. The MITF mission statement says that, “MITF welcomes theatrical storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures, and appetites.“
To learn more or book advance tickets, go to: http://www.midtownfestival.org/
Midtown International Theatre Festival July 16 – August 5, 2012
Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex 312 West 36th St New York, NY 10018
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