MITF Announces Plays Selected For SHORT SUBJECTS, Running 7/13-8/2

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The Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival (MITF) announces selected plays for SHORT SUBJECTS, a new division for plays that run under 60 minutes, running from July 13 - August 2, 2009. 43 plays and musicals have also been chosen, as well as three Studio Series shows and five readings. Tickets are available at www.midtownfestival.org or by phone at 866-811-4111.

2009 SEASON - SHORT SUBJECTS

Bible Stories, By Cedric L. Jones, Produced by Guy Pride Productions
July 25 - July 28
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
Some things are open for interpretation.

Climbing the Ladder, Written andProduced by Chuck Orsland
July 16 - July 21
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
Two plays about ambition in tough times.

Cock Tales, Book and Lyrics by Tjasa Ferme, Composed by Greg Adair, Directed by Carlos D. Gonzalez, Produced by Tjasa Ferme
July 25 - July 29
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
A juicy cocktail of bed time stories.

Cracking the Code, By Eren T. Gibson & Jon Freda, Produced by Jon Freda
July 30 - August 2
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
A send-up comedy of film noir murder mysteries where two actors play eleven off the wall characters.

Disillusioned, By Susan Hodara, Directed by Noel Neeb, Produced by Two from the Aisle
July 22 - July 26
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
What you see isn't always what you get... The art is in the illusion.

Dogs Lie, By Ronnie Cohen and Jane Beale, Directed by Brian Rhinehart, Produced by Starferry Associates
July 27 - August 2
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
What's a relationship without trust?

The Hanged Man, By Elisa Abatsis, Produced by Elisa Abatsis & Shoes For Royalty Productions
July 18 - July 25
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
The point where youth ends, you choose it. You choose it because if you don't , you'll fall off the face of the earth.

Hardware Dreams, By Sunilda Caraballo, Produced by Eric Greenlund
July 15 - July 26
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
Unconventional childhood experiences can become the heartbeat that will carry you through your life as an adult.

Haters, Produced by Susan H. Pak
July 14 - July 19
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
Two alleged best friends forever find love and hatred through an internet pick up artist.

Hello Tomorrow, Produced by Mary Sheridan & Ellen Lindsay
July 16 - July 21
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
The Real Thing, by Mary Sheridan - A search for one woman's most favorite things: the big city, the right relationship and the opportunity to perform plus an examination of the different experiences and expectations that a small middle American community foster versus the colorful life in the big city.
Run Fast the Fire, by Ellen Lindsay - November 1978. Jonestown. The jungles of South America. Over 900 Americans dead. One United States Congressman assassinated. One woman who survived will talk about it for the first time tonight. This show is her story.

Iris and Dawn, Produced by Jen Yip & Seashell Productions
July 18 - July 22
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Iris, by Jen Yip - Iris Chang was a historian, writer, human rights activist, wife and mother who died in November 2004 at age 36. Author of the Rape of Nanking -- Iris offers a look at the personal struggles of this ambitious Chinese American woman.
Dawn, by Ralph Diaz - Four desperate delinquents facing the reality of hard prison time for their roll in the suspicious death of a wealthy woman, isolate themselves in a dark basement to determine who will take th fall. The means - a deadly card game - the outcome...death.

Keeping It In Retrospect, By Zoe Rosario, Produced by Writer's State & Judith Fredricks
July 22 - July 24
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
A teenager on the life of a teenager.

Life Swap, By Alexis Fedor and Adelaide Mestre, Produced by Three Halves Productions
July 31 - August 2
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
From Poland Ohio to New York City: Sex, Debate Team and Rock N' Roll (well actually, Opera).

Lunch, By Steven Berkoff, Directed by Alan Kinsella, Produced by Siobhan Feeney
July 17 - July 19
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Can you fall in love over lunch on a park bench?

My Broken Brain, By Michael Hirstreet, Produced by The Flying Invalid Company
July 17 - July 19
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
Growing up can be confusing, especially when your brain explodes.

Parental Guidance, Produced by Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions
July 28 - August 1
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
Up A River/Down the Aisle, by Jake Lipman - When her colorful mother dies suddenly, a girl named Jake must navigate through the rites of passage of mourning and marriage, without her mother's guidance.

The Play Plays, By Jonathan Wallace, Meri Wallace, Duncan Pflaster, Directed by Jonathan Wallace, Meri Wallace and Elisa Abatsis, Produced by Howling Moon Cab Company
July 31 - August 2
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
A darkly comic look at the experience of doing theatre.

Shakespeare Saturdays Songs in Concert, Lyrics/Text by William Shakespeare and Donna Stearns, Composed and directed by Donna Stearns, Produced by Shakespeare Saturdays
July 29 - August 2
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
Come hear the songs from Shakespeare's plays!

Too Much, Too Far, Too Soon, By Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson, Produced by Off Sides Entertainment
July 19 - July 26
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
Life must be so much easier for normal people.

Unanswered Questions ... About My Mother, Produced by Robin Amos Kahn & Strikingly Different Productions
July 30 - August 2
Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC
Not My Mother, by Robin Amos Kahn - This is a solo show about care-giving, crazy families, 9/11, marriage, parenting, life, death and flamenco music. My mother has survived two extended hospice stays and after having driven everyone in her life crazy, she refuses to die.
The Unanswered Questions, by Shuga Henry - Two weeks after the Inauguration of the 44th president, six unsuspecting people embark on a trip that forces them to confront they're own prejudices. A doctor, two teachers, a salesman and a sanitation worker, the unlikely of suspects share an interesting relationship. Together they encounter a short outing that leaves a life long impression.

The MITF's 2009 Season runs from July 13 - August 2, 2009 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the MainStage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC.

The Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival, now in its tenth year, celebrates the diversity of theatre. The MITF welcomes theatrical storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures, and appetites. The MITF seeks to nurture these new ideas, perspectives, and stories on its stages, with an eye set on guiding these productions toward future success and longevity. The festival, traditionally held in summer, represents a fantastic, often paradoxical, adventurous and intriguing cross-section of the forefront of the Theatre World. The MITF proudly hosts production companies from across the country and around the globe, uniting talent in one of the biggest theatre capitals in the world.

Mr. Chatterton created the MITF in 2000, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. All theatres are located near the MITF offices at 347 W. 36th Street (home of Mr. Chatterton's Where Eagles Dare rehearsal studios and theatre).

For more information, visit www.midtownfestival.org.



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