The Midtown International Theatre Festival Announces Lineup for 15th Anniversary Season
Year 2014 marks Year 15 for the MITF and John Chatterton is celebrating in a big way. Prolific producer John Chatterton has been a fixture of the Manhattan theatre scene for two decades. For much of that time, his brainchild, The Midtown International Theatre Festival, has been celebrating the diversity of theatre becoming a leader in presenting powerful works from around the world - and one of the best reasons to come to New York in the summer. The once bachelor MITF now has a full family of arts programs: The Short Play Lab, which will be part of this year's festivities; Cabaret MITF - featuring Broadway and cabaret performers - also be part of this summer's festivities; and the Commercial Division spotlighting works whose production values and subject matter are the stuff for Off- [and on] Broadway; and, of course, the founding Midtown International Theatre Festival. The Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival and the MITF Children's Theatre Festival shared in the fun earlier this year.
Visit www.midtownFestival.org to learn more and about the festival and this year's productions.
THE 2014 ROSTER:
Spanning four weeks and three theatres, MITF's myriad of masterworks include musicals, comedies, dramas, one-person shows, performance art, and more.
OPENING JULY 14:
BIELZY & GOTTFRIED
Producers-The Great Bear Folk Theatre & J. Omar Hansen/ Writer & Director-J. Omar Hansen
What if God and the Devil wrote a musical?
CONVERSATIONS WITH MY MOLESTER
Producer & Writer-Michael Mack/ Director-Daniel Gidron
Michael came to pray ... and became prey. Maybe God has forgiven his abuser, but should he?
Producer & Director-Marc Eardley/ Writer-James Presson
The Equation: Post-Coital Strategizing + Pill Popping + Backroom Dealing = A Contemporary Spin on KING LEAR
ME AND CAESAR LEE
Producer/Book/Music/Lyrics-Pat Holley/ Director-Jonathan Warman
In 1985, can a 43-year-old recording star and a teen band's 22-year-old manager hit the right chord?
TIDE BEYOND THE RIFT
Producer-Mixing It Up Productions LLC & Fred Rohan-Vargas/ Writer-Fred Rohan-Vargas/ Director-Jose A. Esquea
A lonely man impersonates a woman's father lost to her during the Cuban Revolution ...
Will this strange reunion create a happy ending?
OPENING JULY 15:
Even the most carefully planned lives go off track. Just ask Peter and David...or their wives.
Producer-Break A Leg Prods/ Writer-David Cassidy/ Director-Gerald vanHeerden
August 1945, German nuclear scientists are held captive in an English country manor, FARM HALL, as atomic bombs are on their way to Japan. BASED ON A TRUE STORY
EDDIE & THE PALACEADES
You're only young once...but the music lasts forever
OPENING JULY 16:
THE BAUER SISTERS
Producer & Writer-John Dirrigl/ Director-Troy Diana
A gathering of girlfriends from the old country reveals dark secrets better left dead.
Producer & Director-Brian Catton/ Writer-Matthew Ethan Davis
In a tough inner-city school, hard-of-hearing Eddie must keep silent about his attraction to the local bully ... and visa versa.
Producer & Writer-Aaron Michael Krueger/ Director-Lexie Fennell Frare
Football Captain Joey Johnson has a secret in this coming of age musical about coming out.
THE WHOLE DAMN THING
Producer-Brandon Smithey/ Writer-Jessica Penzias
One instant wrecked Courtney's family. Is Mac the escape she's been looking for?
OPENING JULY 17:
Produced, Written & Performed By Ingrid Griffith/ Director-Margit Edwards
A girl from Guyana taps into her wild spirit to break away and reunite with her parents in America, only to find her battle has just begun. (WARNING: This play contains SEXUAL SITUATIONS).
Mark's obsession with the Kennedy conspiracy might assassinate his own future.
JULIA & BUDDY
Producer-Mergatroyd Prods/ Writer & Director-Nancy McLernan
Sparks fly between a neurotic philosopher and a dysfunctional maintenance man - what could possibly go right?
THIS WILL ALL BE YOURS
Producer/Director-Ludovica Villar-Hauser/ Writer-Laura Pedersen
Planting for the future doesn't come easy to some members of this farm family.
OPENING JULY 18:
Producer & Writer-Rick Burd/ Director-Jane Stroll
North Dakota.1965. The Strauss family. A trailer. Thanksgiving. ... be there.
Written and directed by Jung Han Kim
A filmmaker's latest work deals with sex slaves in World War II ... including one that haunts his dreams.
Confined to an aquatic prison housed in the belly of a whale, Ilario, a derelict toy-maker, relives the memories of the family he lost in the disaster and town that rejected him.
OPENING JULY 19:
Written by Ed Eriksson/Director-Peter Coriaty
Dueling soulmates... times four!
DIARY OF A MILF
Producer, Writer & Starring-Meshelle "The Indie-Mom of Comedy"/ Director-Rain Pryor
It takes a fearless woman to be a MILF!
Producer-Aqueduct Productions/ Writer-George Cameron Grant/ Director-Joy Kelly
Freedom has a new name: The true story of Rose Fortune
HOMAGE TO HENRY: A stage adaptation of John Berryman's literary masterpiece
Producer & Director-Jim Vrabel/ Writer-John Berryman & Jim Vrabel
Henry struggles to find the meaning of life and art while navigating through wine, women, fame, and faculty meetings.
Producer-Bluestone/ Writer-Chip Wheat
It started in a Tiki Bar ... spandex and glitter... it ends in the weight room ... spandex and sweat.
OPENING JULY 21:
Producer- Joshua Young/ Writer-Joshua Young/ Director-Alex Gerdts and Joshua Young
Twitter becomes the stage for Shelly's painful past.
OPENING JULY 23:
THE GEEZER GAME
Producer-Debbie Lannen & Herb McCollom, Jr./ Writer-Herb McCollom, Jr./ Director-Debbie Lannen
Doc and the Over-the-Hill Gang meet the Youth of America at the Fifty Year Line.
OPENING JULY 25:
Producer-Yellow Dream Productions & Cassandra Powell/ Writer & Director-Cassandra Powell
In a brothel in New Orleans at the dawn of the Jazz age, Storyville Blues explores the plight of the African American woman.
OPENING JULY 26:
Producer-Associazione Culturale Teatro delle Ombre/ Writer-Shakespeare/ Director-Daniele Scattina
Lust, Death, Greed, Hell, Redemption ... all members of CLAN MACBETH
(WARNING: This play contains SEXUAL SITUATIONS).
OPENING JULY 28:
LOTTIE AND LEO
Producer-MFB West 23 Productions/ Writer & Director-Michael F Bruck
Love is the Music of Memories
OPENING AUGUST 1:
WARP SPEED: A SCI-FI MUSICAL!
Producer-Benjamin Simpson/ Book/Music/Lyrics-Clara Hoch & Eva Thorpe/ Director-Christopher Noffke
Set your phasers to hilarious and join the crew of the Intersellar to boldly sing where no spaceman has sung before!
... and the MITF SHORT SUBJECTS:
Chenel Star! - My Journey at the Strip Club: A stripper tells her journey working at a strip club.
Controlling Interest: Business executive goes to a dominatrix who answers to a darker authority.
Eurydice Descending: Wendy & Bill spent six weeks at home together but never ran into each other once.
Himmelreich: During WWII, a war hero and future movie star encounters a Nazi inspiration.
Sole Mates: A zany shoe storeowner will go to any measure to find his true sole mate.
The Darkroom: Sparked by the discovery of a box of WWII photos, Ben & Harold develop new lives.
The Swans: Tchaikovsky meets sultry divas downtown in New York City.
Other Short Subjects include:
The Honey Fitz