Midtown International Theatre Festival Announces 2013 Season

The Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival (MITF) has announced the lineup of full-length plays and musicals for its fourteenth season, running from July 15 to August 4, 2013 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC, 1st floor; the Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC, 4th floor. Tickets are $15 for short plays and $18 for longer plays. Readings are free. Tickets will be available in May at www.midtownfestival.org or by phone at 866-811-4111. The Festival also offers various group discounts and package passes, good for full-length and short plays.

The lineup represents submissions in all genres. Nonmusical plays run 45-90 minutes; musicals may go as long as two hours.

John Chatterton, MITF executive producer, says he's excited about this year's Festival. "It's as big as or bigger than any previous year. After a rebuilding year, we're roaring back into prominence as the third-biggest theatre festival in New York City. I'm also very happy with the level of quality of this year's entries."

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. In 2003, the MITF moved its activities to their current location, the Theatre Building on W. 36th St., where it has been successfully ensconced since. In 2008 the Festival expanded from two theatres in that building to four, at the WorkShop Theater and Abingdon Theatre Company spaces. The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself, and therefore the Festival focuses on minimal production values.

This year's lineup is as follows - listing (in order) title, author, times, venue, and a brief description, with running time:

The Actual Dance, by Samuel A. Simon
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
The Actual Dance. 60 min.

The Adventures of Superbunny, by Michael Mackenzie Wills
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
The Adventures of Superbunny is a new children's musical, based on the best-selling book for young readers Thumperino -- Diary of a Superbunny, which deals with such issues as healthy eating, environmental awareness, consequences for one's actions, self-motivation, courage, and confidence. 60 min.

Angel on My Shoulder, by James Beaumont, O'mara Leary and Warren Hill
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
A jazzy update of the classic movie about a gangster who gets a second chance at life-only not exactly alive. 120 min.

Azalea Path, by Jack Wernick
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Sylvia Plath returns to her father's grave on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her death, only to encounter a pair of radical feminists determined to rewrite herstory. 45 min.

Background Voices Calling From A Distance, by Jenifer Badamo
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Is God really judgmental or do we judge ourselves? 60 min.

Bending All The Rules, by James Salem and Joseph Salem
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Whether you're gay, lesbian, bi or straight, you've got to bend the rules to win the (dating) game! 120 min.

Black Ice, by Lezlie Revelle
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
A tale of lifelong friends struggling with issues of sexuality and loss. 90 min.

Black is the Color of My Voice, by Apphia Campbell
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Who is Mena Bordeaux? 105 min.

The Black Man-O-logues, by Jacquay Waller
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC 90 min.

Break None of His Bones, by Joanne de Simone
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Leopold and Loeb with cell phones, but with not as many grey cells.... 45 min.

CoffeeEvil, by Michael Hagins
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
An office temp becomes suspicious of her surroundings at her new assignment. 45 min.

Color of Life, by Sachiko Ishimaru
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
A bittersweet love story told through song. Using colors as a metaphor for living, we paint a picture of two lives intertwining, there colors blending, and new colors emerging in their lives. 90 min.

Crazytown: my first psychopath, by Jude Treder-Wolff
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
A comic take on how an encounter with a psychopath helped an over-eager therapist get over herself...when nothing else seemed to be working. 75 min.

The Dark I Know, by Alex Eisen and John Watts
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
The Dark I Know tells the story of two families, one Jewish, during the rise of Nazism in Germany during the early 1930s. 120 min.

Division Avenue, by Miki Bone
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
What happens when the Internet pierces through the invisible walls of sequestered lifestyles? 90 min.

Dream of an Englshman, by Ana Ingham
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
When a person has a dream they are never alone; and their life is much better for it. 60 min.

Enter Singing, the musical, by Linda Evans (composer, lyricist, book)
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC 120 min.

Fancy, by Michael F. Bruck
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
A Brooklyn couple celebrate their 10th Anniversary in a high end Manhattan restaurant. 45 min.

Fetal Attraction, by Sarah M. Chichester
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Laura plans on doing a life-changing commitment and ends up changing someone else's instead. 45 min.

Franz/Drew/Rotpeter, by Drew Valins and Franz Kafka
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Drawing from Franz Kafka's texts and the stories of his own life, Drew weaves together a tale of man's struggle between his primal and his artistic self. 75 min.

The HAT Chronicles, by JoNathan Johnson
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
A hat, a stranger and an open mixed with inspiration, encouragement and wisdom combine for a great journey of self-discovery in The HAT Chronicles. 90 min.

Hollywood! Hollywood!, by Lou Briggs Vitacco
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Through song and dance, laughter and tears, joy and sorrow, young starry-eyed hopefuls get together to tell their tales in the exciting new musical, Hollywood! Hollywood! 105 min.

How To Make A Robot, by Garrett Lander
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
A human-like robot is great, until it starts acting human. 90 min.

The Linguists, by EJ Sepp
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Mispronunciation will not be tolerated. 45 min.

Love Stinks, by Kate Plumb Rader
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
"Love Stinks" - When Love Can Drive you Mad, Literally. 75 min.

Love, Liz, by Missy Maramara
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Learn to be a star from a Filipino FOB through this funny and heartbreaking quest for Hollywood. 75 min.

Love, Genius and a Walk, by Gay Walley
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Freud, Mahler and contemporary artists wrangle out in their personal lives if genius can be married and what it is an artist needs to work. 90

The Man and Words, by Mehdi Mashhour
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Do you ever feel lonely? 45 min.

Margarita and Max, by Manuel Igrejas
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
A lonely woman in Cedar Chips New Jersey waits for a bus to New York City and finds love with a black plastic bag. 60 min.

Marilyn, by Chris Savery
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, Who was the Fairest of them all. 90 min.

Me and Caesar Lee, by Pat Holley
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Mama, these kids'll to be the death of me! 105 min.

Motel Rasdell, by Danielle DeMatteo and Christina Bracco
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Set in the 1940s just outside of Boston, Motel Rasdell tells the (slightly) true story of the inhabitants of the area's sleaziest motel fighting to save the only home they've ever known. 120 min.

Naked Brazilian, by Gustavo Pace
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Struggling against his father's wishes to become a lawyer, a young man journeys from Rio to NYC to fulfill his own dreams to become a clown. 75 min.

The Names, by Alec Gutherz
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Are you waiting for your name to be called? 90 min.

The Past Is Still Ahead, by Sophia Romma
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
One of Russia's most ill-fated and controversial cult poets of the twentieth century, Marina Tsvetaeva, revisits the tumultuously tragic and sexy events of her life just before she succumbs to committing suicide at the hands of the Soviet Secret Police, in 1941, while exiled in Siberia. 60 min.

Poisoned, by Jim Boyett
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Sam's in town for her brother's wedding. She just wants to help out--right? 90 min.

A Question of Taste, by Andrew Ade
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
What happens when two rebels for the same cause but different generations are thrown into the same a prison cell? 60 min.

The Renaissance Dueling Play, by Michael Hagins
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
A swordsman and his assistant introduce the pros and cons of dueling. 75 min.

Reunion Run, by John Doble
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC 90 min.

Samaritans, Or Where Is Sylvia?, by Wayne Paul Mattingly
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Sidney seeks Sylvia, his dead wife: Where is she? 75 min.

The Shallot, by Rachel Arbeit
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
Where losing your job meets losing your mind. 90 min.

SingleVille, by Mary McCallum
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
SingleVille- is an exploration of the lives of three women striving to navigate through the thicket of love, singlehood and survival. 75 min.

Slain in the Spirit, by Lisa Milinazzo
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Slain in the Spirit follows Molly Lynch through the battlefield of the bible belt joined by her 4 kids and a group of scruffy comic angels, tugged at from every side to bound through holy hoops, using her animated dream life to attempt escape. 90 min.

SLEEP AT YOUR OWN RISK, by Matthew Ethan Davis
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Guy struggles with the phenomenon of sleepwalking while trying to hold onto the love of his life...and not walk out of his apartment naked. 60 min.

Sophia, by Michael Antin
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
A "laugh-in-your-face" musical comedy set in the 1960s, where a beauty is looking for an extraordinary love in an ordinary man. 105 min.

Sort of Like Julie... Only Worse..., by Julie Hays
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
A comedy... about a comedy... about a middle-agEd White lady who isn't fat or sassy and has One Dream... to perform at the famed Apollo Theater. 75 min.

Soul on Fire the Musical, by Tyrone Stanley
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
SOUL ON FIRE, an inspiring musical production set in a seemingly perfect utopian community, is a poignant drama that follows Kisha and Mozes as they discover forbidden love woven through a web of secrets, lies, and hypocrisy. 120 min.

Stetson'd, by Mark Stetson and Devin Delliquanti
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
In Mark's search for meaning in his life, his battle with the universe has been one of attrition. This is a story of survival. 90 min.

The Suitcase, by Erin Cunningham
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
How far will two people go to fulfill their obligations to one another? And will they notice the man hiding under the bed? 45 min.

Three True Stories, by Neil Genzlinger
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
You know those smarmy gloating-parent stories people are always telling about their kids? These are the opposite. 60 min.

Trapped, by Henriette Rise
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
TRAPPED - Chained to Reality and left to die. 90 min.

Trudy Carmichael: My Life on the V-List, by Robin Rothman
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Through a collection of song parodies, mash-ups and original songs, Las Vegas Lounge legend, Trudy Carmichael bares all (FIGURATIVELY speaking) and strikes many a bittersweet note in this soulful and soul-searching Cabaret. 60 min.

Two Women on a Precipice, by Karin Fazio Littlefield
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Two women stand at The Edge of the abyss, about to hurl themselves into oblivion hang on a moment. 45 min.

The Violin Maker, by Roark Littlefield
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
A dying man reveals the truth to his longtime lover, that she exists only in his mind. 45 min.

Web Emporium, by Akos Nemeth (Hungarian) translator: Eugene Brogyanyi
The Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Two 14-year-old girls form an illegal prescription-drug company which yields big money and big risks. 90 min.

Yesterday Iran/Today Iraq, by L. S. Goldberg
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC
On the eve of his first deployment to Iraq, Pvt. Steven "Stippy" Goodman discovers a mysterious box of World War II letters from his grandfather, Lt. Chester A. "Grumpa" Goodman. 60 min.

The 2013 Festival will take place at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor.

Further information about the MITF can be found on the Festival Web site, at www.MidtownFestival.org.

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