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• Short Play Lab
• Variety Acts
• Children's Plays

MITF: Summer!
July 15 - August 6, 2017 
We Want Your Short Plays
and Musicals! 
MAY 22!

Profit Sharing Policy


Dear Friend in the Theatre, 
MITF: Summer is now entering its eighteenth
season. Our Midtown location is safe, clean,
convenient, and close to the offices of industry
members. It is the Festival of tomorrows'
producers today!
We set ourselves apart from
other festivals because: (1) we are the Festival
where new producers work alongside seasoned
pros and (2) we have implemented a new Profit
Sharing Policy (PSP).* Every play now has the
opportunity to earn their piece of the pie!  

MITF: Summer is a combination of full-lengths,
short plays, and musicals, children's plays, a
Variety division (Magic Acts, Improv, Stand-up,
Cabaret, Sketch Comedy, etc), the Short Play
Lab (maximum 10-minutes), and staged
readings. (There is a $250 fee for Staged
Readings). We're looking for any kind of play or
musical that fits our guidelines but
plays and musicals 30-45 minutes long are
really the heart and soul of MITF: Summer
and are given the number one priority. 

Our prioritized list of running times follows:
• Short Subjects and musicals 30-60 min. long.
• Full-lengths and musicals 61-90 min. long.
• Musicals 91 - 120 min. long.
No matter the length of your play or musical, the
following guidelines are applicable:
• Easy to produce in a no-frills festival.
• AEA showcases are welcome.
• Any genre. (Short subjects using guns as props
will not be considered; full-lengths can use guns
as props).
• Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF
• Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in
standard playscript format.**
• The estimated running time of the play must
be clearly indicated.

The Festival will take place at The Workshop
Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters,

312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Summer runs from
July 15-August 6, 2017.
The Festival provides the WorkShop Theater's
Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters, shared
scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs),
and front-of-house staff. Shows must be off
book and provide their own board operator,
stage manager, and company manager.

To submit a project, mark it clearly
"MITF: Summer," We'll curate the entries as
they come in, so you can start working on them
as soon as possible. Please send your short play
to: john.chatterton@gmail.com.
We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects and
Full-lenghts is May 22, 2017.

*Please read the Festival Manual to learn
about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP),
the participant's options and our

**12 pt Times Roman; character names in the
middle on their own line; line spaces between
speeches and stage directions; indented stage
directions; 1" margins all around.

John Chatterton 


Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Good News for Equity Showcases!

In the past, the MITF has discouraged Equity
showcases from participating in its short-play
festivals, because of the number of complimentary
tickets required by the Equity showcase code.
The Festival, now in its 18th season, is pleased
to announce that it has relaxed its policies
regarding Equity showcases for short plays.
From now on, both union and non-union short
plays will be welcome in the upcoming MITF
short-play festivals. These festivals occur in
March, July, and November, 2017. (There will be
no change in the non-union policy for
the Short Play Lab.)

Instead of rejecting showcases outright, the
Festival will make adjustments to Equity shows'
share of the profits, if any, to make up for the
extra cost of complimentary tickets.

Our next festival is MITF: Summer, running
from July 15 - August 6, 2017. Please send us
your Union and non-union shows!
John Chatterton
Executive Producer, MITF Spring, MITF: Summer,
MITF: Fall, Short Play Lab

The Midtown International Theatre Festival is
proud to present a new lineup of festivals and,
in keeping with our stated mission to nurture
theatre in New York City and beyond, the festival
is delighted to announce there are no participation fees* to submit to any of our festivals! We are
truly the festival that cares. We are also
expanding to three festivals per year: MITF:
Spring; MITF: Summer; and MITF: Fall.

Our next festival is MITF: Summer, beginning
July 15th and running through August 6th.

*Please read the Festival Manual to learn about
MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP), the participant's
options and our requirements.



MITF: Summer, July 15 - August 6, 2017

Short Play Lab!
July 15 – 16, 2017
We Want Your 10-minute Play
Cash Prizes!
The WorkShop Theater's Main Stage
and Jewel Box Theaters,

312 W.36th Street, NYC

Festival Manual
PROGRAM A MAINSTAGE – Sat 7:00pm and Sun 4:30pm
Speed Court Speed Court written by Janet Conroy-Quirk and Sean Kerr, directed by Janet Conroy-Quirk and Sean Kerr. In the year 2055, the "right to a speedy trial" has a very different meaning. This real-time courtroom drama follows the story of one case, and the first day of a dark, new world. Justice Will Be Swift.
Symptoms Symptoms by John Ladd, directed by Dale Davidson; starring Dale Davidson. It used to be said that "...a little knowledge is a dangerous thing..."  but in Symptoms, we will discover that "...a lot of knowledge can be a deadly thing..."
Do You Understand What I'm Trying to Say by Howard Margulies, directed by David Leeper; starring Olivia Buckley and Howard Margulies. Jack and Belle vowed that their marriage would last until death did them part. One evening, Jack comes to realize that marriage vows aren’t necessarily set in stone.
Trumpettes Trumpettes Anonymous by Rex McGregor, directed by Alice Camarota. Five women have formed a support group for recovering Trump voters. At tonight’s meeting one of them makes a surprise announcement. Joseph Receives Unsettling News by Rick Davis, directed by Rick Davis; starring Tom Colechin, Marian Thibodeau, and David Barney. Mary, Joseph, God (yikes).
Joseph Receives Unsettling News by Rick Davis, directed by Rick Davis; starring Tom Colechin, Marian Thibodeau, and David Barney. Mary, Joseph, God (yikes).
Savior in a Satchel Savior In A Satchel by Marcus Soman.
A House of One's Own: Elizabeth Bishop in Key West by Malcolm Willison, directed by Traci Bargen; starring Megan Ghorashy. Elizabeth Bishop (a U.S. Poet Laureate awarded numerous prizes and awards) spent a number of years in her late twenties and early thirties in Key West, where she had a house she loved. But she suffered increasingly from asthma, failed love affairs, loneliness, depression, alcoholism, and writer's block. In ten minutes, find out how she got through all these to emerge as a preeminent American poet.

Hitler's Mother by Burt Swartz, directed by Burt Swartz; starring Burt Swartz. How could anyone defend Hitler. We found someone.

Lucifer The Rise And Fall of LUCIFER by Renee McNeil, directed by Renee McNeil. Before man, there was an angel and his name was called Lucifer.
PROGRAM B MAIN STAGE – Sat 9:00pm and Sun 2:30pm
Terry Gross Meeting Terry Gross by John Chatterton, directed by John Chatterton and Terry Gross. Seventy-year-old gay porn star Sumner Callahan (named for the Boston tunnels), aka the Chubby Bottom Dad, lands a coveted interview on NPR's "Fresh Air."
We All Begin Again by Cayenne Douglass,   directed by Benjamin Abraham; starring Stephanie Miller and Timothy French. Ralph helps Isabelle comes to terms with the death of her body as she struggles to learn that letting go is essential to all forms of transformation.
Australia's Oldest Woman by Kieran Carroll, directed by Timothy McCown Reynolds; starring Clara Pagone and Timothy McCown Reynolds. Australia's Oldest Woman is 124, single, banned from nightclubs and looking for love online with men over 100!
Hair Ye, Hair Ye.... by Baindu D. Kalokoh, directed by Baindu D. Kalokoh; starring Leilani Rosine and Baindu D. Kalokoh. A charismatic woman comically reflects upon the (mis)perceptions of her afro-textured hair.
God Bless Phyllis Schlafly by Amy Drake. Bring a scorecard as two career women tally up wins and losses of the women's movement in America.
The Insemination Game by Jack Scanlan, directed by Brian Scanlan; starring Sara Parcesepe and Joseph Dalfonso. A couple try to get pregnant. Hijinx ensue.
Baby Blue Baby Blue by Steve Carincini. How much are the eyeballs in the window? "How much are the eyeballs in the window?"
Once Once by Anna Smith, directed by Kelly Lamanna; starring Josh. Coleman, Heather Lawson, and Hayden Stearns. friend's death reveals a sordid affair.
Phone Friends Phone Friend by Jonathan Josephson, directed by Jonathan Schlieman. A wrong number in the middle of the night forges an unusual friendship... and a tortuous hurt.
Food Food That's Not From A Can by Olivia Reevell.
PROGRAM A JEWEL BOX – Sat 6:30pm and Sun 4:00pm
Reminiscences by Laura Warfield.
P Murt P-Murt by Marjorie Conn, directed by Shela Xoregos.  A political existential play in which 2 people are questioning existence and searching for expression.
Exhuming Oneself by Charles Funesilver, directed by Frank Thompson; starring Frank Thompson and Laurel Thompson. From his parking lot grave did King Richard IIIrd rise, much to our discontent- but not to worry, it was short-lived.
Bella Napoli Bella Napoli by Steve Gold.
I don't know by James McLindon, directed by Ann Cooley. An old-school drill sergeant takes his new recruits for a cadence-singing run … straight into a brave new world of political correctness.
Medusa Medusa by William K Hugel. A play about the inevitable rise of the Powerful Woman.
Soul Mates by Suzann Kapra, directed by Suzann Kapra; starring Carol Boniece and Barbara Taylor. "Breaking News": Proof discovered on how to find a Soul Mate.
Who Knew This Dating Thing Was So Hard? by Josiah Mullins, directed by Josiah Mullins; starring Alex Harris, Josh Whisler, and Elizabeth Stuart. Have you ever had that moment where you wish you could share your relationship problems with someone? Tim and Patty have some talking to do.
Leaving Home by Jon Kakalay, directed by Leonard Peters. A young man leaves a devout Christian home to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor.
Blackout Blackout by Lora Danley, directed by Lora Danley; starring Nick Daly and Zane Michael Powell. A city-wide power outage forces Jeremy and Tyler to confront the current state of their relationship.
PROGRAM B JEWEL BOX Sat 8:30pm and Sun 2:00pm
Inventing Facebook by John Pastore, directed by Peter D. Michael; starring Peter D. Michael and Bryce Alvord. A young entrepreneur pitches a seemingly bizarre concept for a website to a potential backer.
Jumper Jumper by Kimberly Alu, directed by Tom Colarusso; starring Kimberly Alu and Brian Ish. Distraught over a recent breakup, Abigail goes to the Brooklyn Bridge to jump but finds herself stalled by a homeless man wanting to chat.
Soft Landing by Dorothy Lyman, directed by Dorothy Lyman; starring Lynn Small, Judy Durning, Gretchen Allison, and Rick Malone. Joyce and Siobhan want to fly to the Moon. Who’s stopping them?
Dear Departing Dear Departing by Francis Zucarello. An elderly woman, in a coma and near death, receives a final visit from her estranged but unapologetic daughter, yet the mother manages the last word.
Kamasutra Kamasutra by Tom Coash, directed by Michael Rizzi; starring Jill Mary Goodrich and Bob Leonard.The question of sex raises it's head when Doris and Harold, a nice older couple from Hackensack, visit the Chandela Temples in India, famous (or infamous) for their erotic carvings celebrating the KAMASUTRA religious rituals. Amidst the highly suggestive surroundings, Doris and Harold reexamine their love and marriage.
Mystery In White by Howard Lipson, directed by Barbara Bennion. The future awaits. Is the spirit willing?
Rooftop Rooftop by Kushal Dhungana, directed by Kushal Dhungana and Pharaoh Knighton. It's a quiet night on the rooftop; the perfect place for a couple to reflect on past marriages, lost love, and the pain in their lives.
Battleground Battleground by Barbara Bennion, directed by Howard Lipson. Hold on to your seats. The battle is about to begin.
First 100 Days by Renée Baillargeon, directed by Melinda Jean Ferraraccio; starring Marcus Jones and Ashley Krysinski. As resident salt and pepper shakers in the white house dining room, Saul and Pep share their perspectives regarding the shenanigans of this presidency's first 100 days.

So, The Bunny by AdeRonke Adeyemi, directed by AdeRonke Adeyemi. Bright, young So, immersed in the Jam Band scene, encounters old friends and makes new ones.

MITF: Summer
July 15 – August 6, 2017
The WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater 
312 W.36th Street, NYC

Dear Friend in the Theatre, 
Variety logo 
MITF: Summer is seeking Variety Acts. MITF: Summer combines some of the most popular features of past MITF festivals: short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings. The Festival will take place at the WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater and will run from July 15 - August 6, 2017.

The Variety division spans cabaret, magic, improv, sketch comedy, standup, and burlesque. Acts can be solo or group affairs, so long as they fit within an hour, including setup and strike, and so long as they bring their own music director and so forth. The Festival provides a keyboard, mike, and amp. Each act will be given one performance with the possibility of added performances to those acts with the best advance ticket sales-Festival schedule permitting. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any.

To submit a Variety Act: Mark it clearly "MITF: Summer," and that it is a variety act. Please also include video reels (you tube, etc.), of your act as part of your submission application. We'll curate the entries as they come in. Please send all Variety submissions to: john.chatterton@gmail.com

We look forward to watching your acts!

Submission Deadline For Variety Acts is June 1, 2017..

MITF: Summer
July 15 – August 6, 2017  
The WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater
312 W.36th Street, NYC

Dear Friend in the Theatre, 
Circus artEvery small theatre company in the country is aware of the possibilities of children's theatre (meaning, for me, theatre performed by adults for children and their parents). Why? Because children's-theatre audiences are populated by people whose only requirement is that they have children (or be children). If you perform children's theatre and market it properly, you can expect regular audiences of people who otherwise wouldn't think of going to a play.

MITF: Summer is searching for companies who want to try out new material in this genre, either to see it on its feet, test it with a young audience, or develop an audience for themselves. To create a special focus for the genre, we're reserving special slots early on weekend mornings and in the daytime on Thursdays and Fridays (Mondays through Wednesdays are reserved for tech rehearsals). Details are straightforward: 
• Dates for the Festival are July 15 - August 6, 2017.
• The Venue for MITF: Summer is The WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC.
• Submission deadline is April 15, 2017. 
• Plays must run 30-60 minutes. Better short than long. The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
• Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.* 
• Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
• All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited. 
• Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is no overnight storage at the Theatre.
No participation fee! **
• Union and Non-Union Shows are accepted.  
• The Festival provides a publicist, TD, and box-office manager.
• While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. 
• There will be a tech rehearsal running 2 times the running time of your show, and will be scheduled prior to your first show.
• Performance will take place from 11 am to 2pm weekends. 
• Each show will receive 3 performances, probably all in the same week.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects and Full-Lengths is May 22, 2017.
Submission Deadline For Short Play Lab is June 20, 2017.

** Please read our Festival Manual (click 'Festival Manual' on our homepage) to learn about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP) and how it may pertain to your show.
Please send scripts to john.chatterton@gmail.com

John Chatterton 
Executive Producer, MITF: Spring, MITF: Summer, MITF: Fall, Short Play Lab.



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