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Midtown International Theatre Festival Announces Short Subject Selections; Runs 7/12-8/1

The Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival (MITF) announced selected plays for SHORT SUBJECTS, a division for plays that run under 60 minutes. 23 plays were selected. The festival will run from July 12 - August 1, 2010. Tickets are $15-18. Tickets for shows at the June Havoc Theatre, the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, the Main Stage Theater, and the Jewel Box Theater are available at www.midtownfestival.org or by phone at 866-811-4111. Tickets for shows at the Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row are available at www.ticketcentral.com or by phone at 212-279-4200.

2010 SEASON - SHORT SUBJECTS
The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC

A SWEET WORD OF ADVICE, by Sophia Romma, directed by Leslie Lee
Thursday, July 22 at 9pm; Saturday, July 24 at 4pm; Sunday, July 25 at 2:30pm
She'll reel you in, she'll get under you skin, and she'll never relinquish the bet, that's that!

ALL FOLKED UP, written and directed by Joshua R. Pangborn
Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 17 at 1pm; Sunday, July 18 at 7pm
The classic tales as they weren't meant to be told...

AN ODE TO THE WASHERMEN, by Andre Richardson Hogan II, directed by Charles Weldon
Wednesday, July 21 at 9pm; Saturday, July 24 at 5:30pm; Sunday, July 25 at 4pm
Two men are hired, rather forcibly, as janitors, and are trying their best to drift from these responsibilities.

BLOW BY BLOW, by Jean Bergantini Grillo, directed by Jen Forcino
Wednesday, July 21 at 6pm; Saturday, July 24 at 7pm; Sunday, July 25 at 1pm
Blow by Blow is based on the life and wit of Isabella Blow, style icon and confirmed bitch who captivated the international fashion world before her suicide in London at 48 in 2007.

THE BURNING, by Lori Fischer, directed by Carlos Armesto
Friday, July 16 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 17 at 5:30pm; Sunday, July 18 at 5:30pm
Two sisters test the meaning of "family" as they guard their house against a neighborhood arsonist.

FETE, by Raquel Cion, directed by Cynthia Cahill
Wednesday, July 28 at 6pm; Friday, July 30 at 6pm; Saturday, July 31 at 1:30pm
Instructing us on how to throw a flawless party our hostess, Minday, rummages through stories of childhood and how frightening living among other people can be.

HEY MARY!, by Bella Poynton
Monday, July 26 at 6pm; Saturday, July 31 at 3pm; Sunday, August 1 at 5:30pm
What really happened in Mary's room that night?

HOT MAMA MAHATMA, by Karen Fitzgerald, directed by Matt Hoverman
Tuesday, July 20 at 6pm; Saturday, July 24 at 2:30pm; Sunday, July 25 at 7pm
I went to India to get Enlightened, but got Turned On Instead!

HOW I BECAME AN ASTRONAUT, by Fara Greenbaum, directed by Matt Hoverman
Wednesday, July 14 at 6pm; Thursday, July 15 at 9pm; Sunday, July 18 at 1pm
It ain't easy becoming the world's premiere metaphorical astronaut.

HOW MANY GOODBYES MUST I SAY?, by Raymond Jones
Thursday, July 15 at 6pm; Friday, July 16 at 9pm; Saturday, July 17 at 2:30pm
A story of love and hope in which two people struggle to recapture The Common ground they once shared.

THE HYENAS GOT IT DOWN, by Daniel Damiano, directed by Aaron Gonzalez
Wednesday, July 21 at 7:30pm; Friday, July 23 at 6pm; Sunday, July 25 at 5:30pm
A solo depiction of 4 disparate (and desperate) individuals who outrageously convey their triumphs and breakdowns in a jungle of a world.

INSIDE VOICES AT THE GIRL AQUARIUM, written and directed by Gina Inzunza
Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 17 at 8:30pm; Sunday, July 18 at 4pm
Hear what teen magazines don't want you to know - the real voices of teenage girls.

JULIA & BUDDY, written and directed by N.G. McClernan
Tuesday, July 13 at 6pm; Saturday, July 17 at 7pm; Sunday, July 18 at 2:30pm
Can a frustrated maintenance man and a stressed-out philosophy professor find common ground - and mutual desire?

LOVE STINKS, by Kate Rader, directed by Harry Shiffman
Monday, July 26 at 7:30pm; Thursday, July 29 at 7:30pm; Sunday, August 1 at 4pm
When love can drive you mad, literally.

MAGELENA'S CROSSING, by Carolyn Nur Wistrand, directed by Elena Araoz
Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30pm; Thursday, July 29 at 6pm; Saturday, July 31 at 9pm
The guarded secret of a Mexican prostitute leads to murder in a seedy American lounge on the Southwest border.

ONCE UPON A MAMA, by Monifa Brown and Annie Guetti, directed by Dean Nolen
Monday, July 19 at 7:30pm; Thursday, July 22 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 24 at 8:30pm
Two comic and heartfelt shows: First, an alcoholic mother must choose between her two greatest loves. Then four young women pee on a stick and pray.

THE REUNION PLAYS, by J. Boyett
Monday, July 19 at 6pm; Tuesday, July 20 at 7:30pm; Friday, July 23 at 9pm
The one thing that stays the same about people: they're always different from what you remembered...

SEARCHING FOR SOULA, by Marisa Petsakos, directed by Drew DeCorleto
Thursday, July 22 at 6pm; Friday, July 23 at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 24 at 1pm
Two Astoria, Queens, childhood friends learn love ain't easy but friendship trumps it all.

STONEWALL, by Jase Egan, directed by Brett Miro
Tuesday, July 27 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, July 28 at 9pm; Saturday, July 31 at 6pm
What happens when an unstoppable force runs into an unmovable object?

THAT COLOR BLIND KIND OF LOVE, by Rebekah L. Pie, directed by Gene Hughes
Thursday, July 29 at 9pm; Saturday, July 31 at 7:30pm; Sunday, August 1 at 2:30pm
When Love transcends Time and Race, things are bound to get explosive!

TIL DEATH DO US PART?, by Daniel Jean, directed by Fulton C. Hodges
Friday, July 30 at 9pm; Saturday, July 31 at 4:30pm; Sunday, August 1 at 7pm
Til Death Do Us Part? is a two-character play that chronicles the tumultuous post-wedding relationship of a young African-American couple.

VISIONARIES, by Vivian Vertes, directed by Dina Epshteyn
Tuesday, July 27 at 6pm; Friday, July 30 at 7:30pm; Sunday, August 1 at 1pm
An elementary teacher gets an education in the NYC public schools!

The MITF's 2010 Season runs from July 12 - August 1, 2010 at the Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street, NYC; 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.

The Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival, now in its eleventh 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, 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. In 2008, the Festival added two 99-seat theatres and inaugurated the Commercial Division for upwardly mobile shows with commercial ambitions. The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself and therefore the Festival requests minimal production values.

For more information, visit www.midtownfestival.org.

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