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John Chatterton's Short Play Lab
MITF: Fall
Oct 29-30
We Want Your Scripts
Cash Prizes!

The WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box, NYC

Dear Friend in the Theatre,
Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in MITF:Fall's Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. The rules for submitting to the Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:
• Deadline is October 15. We would love to see Halloween-themed plays, but all plays that fit the criteria listed below will be considered. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!
• Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (only means of contact is by email).
• Submit scripts in a MS Word document or PDF file.
• You produce the play whether or not you live in New York.  The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at The WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, 312 W.36th Street, NYC.
Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
• Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight.
• Scripts requiring the use of guns are not accepted. 
• Lit cigarettes and herbal cigarettes are not permitted. E-cigarettes are fine.
• We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
• There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.
Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
• There will be a tech rehearsal in the daytime on Saturday, Oct 29. The production dates are Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, October 30.
• Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.  
• We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.
THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. Playwrights, directors, and cast cannot vote for their own play. We reserve the right to break ties.

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

The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.  
To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in a Word document or PDF file, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail! 
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab


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 17th 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, 2016. (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 16-August 7. Please send us your Union and non-union shows!
John Chatterton
Executive Producer, MITF: Spring,
MITF: Summer, MITF: Fall, Short Play Lab

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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: Fall; MITF: Spring; and MITF: Summer.

Our next festival is MITF: Summer, beginning July 16th and running through August 7th.

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

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MITF: Fall
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October 26 - November 20, 2016

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The WorkShop Theater's
Jewel Box Theater
312 W 36th Street, NYC

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ATALANTA by Case Watson; Ovid tells us that Atalanta was the most skillful hunter in all of ancient Greece, until social pressure and a devious plot forced her to accept a husband. By all accounts, her story ends there. But what if this ending were a lie? What if, instead of accepting her fate, she had panicked and fled?

Performance Schedule: Tues 11/01, 7:00pm; Sat 11/05, 5:30pm; Sun 11/06, 4:30pm

Running Time: 90 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.


BREASTLESS by Laurel Turk, directed by Jeannine Haas; starring Laurel Turk, Emily Bloch, Dorian Gregory, and Emily Fox. A powerfully honest exploration of body image and sexuality after breast cancer combining intimate monologues, humorous ensemble scenes, and satirical song and dance.

Performance Schedule: Wed 11/16, 8:45pm; Fri 11/18, 7:00pm; Sun 11/20, 3:15pm

Running Time: 60 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.

Centennial CENTENNIAL CASTING by Gino DiIorio and Nancy Bleemer.

Performance Schedule: Sun 11/06, 6:30pm; Wed 11/09, 6:00pm; Tues 11/15, 9:15pm
Running Time: 90 minutes
Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.

DE PROFUNDIS by Ran Xia. This is the story for the mermaid who longed for sound, an inventor who loved a costume designer, a mysterious seashell collector, and a pair of young lovers in front of an enchanted mirror, looking at things they’re not ready to let go.

Performance Schedule: Wed 11/16, 6:00pm; Fri 11/18, 8:30pm; Sat 11/19, 3:45pm; Sun 11/20, 1:30pm

Running Time: 70 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street

FINDING FELLINI by Megan Metrikin. In order to escape the brutal reality of apartheid South Africa, a woman journey’s to find Fellini and the creativity, freedom and vibrancy he represented. For an hour, the actress takes us on a journey of poignant, powerful and comic stories of growing up in a conflict ridden country. Intertwined with magical moving images, the journey takes us to Rome on a glorious adventure of self-discovery through the cinematic world of Federico Fellini. (Solo)

Performance Schedule: Mon 11/14, 8:00pm; Thurs 11/17, 6:00pm; Sat 11/19, 5:30pm

Running Time: 60 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.

GERMAINE & DIANE by Marlin Thomas, directed by Michael Thomas Cain. Every photograph hides a story. (Drama)
Performance Schedule: Tues 11/01, 6:00pm; Thurs 11/03, 8:30pm; Sat 11/05, 7:30pm; Sun 11/06, 3:30pm

Running Time: 30 minutes
Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.


JULIE written by Eddie Shields, (inspired by August Strindberg’s Miss Julie). Necessity knows no rules. (Tragedy) *AEA

Performance Schedule: Tues 11/15, 8:00pm; Sat 11/19, 7:00pm; Sun 11/20, 4:45pm

Running Time: 45 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.

MESCALINE by Natalie Lifson, composed by Nick O’Brien, directed by Dustin Schlairet and Mitchell Onae, musical director Emily Goggin; starring Caroline Banks, Ryan Hudzik, Ashley Curry, Nicole Budoff, Stephan L. Jackson, Devin McCall and Alex Boruff. "Mescaline" follows the journey of a young sidekick named Ava (also known as Sister Strike) into adulthood and superhero-dom. Her mentor and famed superhero Red Eye insists that before she commits to being a superhero for the rest of her life, she gets a taste of a normal life. However, despite Ava's reluctant attempt to leave crime-fighting behind for four years, it's only a few days before a new villain named Mescaline arrives on campus and begins to kill students by making them hallucinate. For the first time, Ava must fight Mescaline as her own superhero rather than as Red Eye's sidekick. (Drama/Comedy/Superhero)

Performance Schedule: Fri 11/11, 6:30pm; Sat 11/12, 4:45pm; Sun 11/13, 5:30pm; Mon 11/14, 6:00pm; Sat 11/19, 8:15pm; Sun 11/20, 6:00pm

Running Time: 90 minutes.

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.

PEACE AND QUIET by Alyssa Haddad.

Performance Schedule: Mon 11/07, 6:00pm; Thurs 11/10, 8:00pm; Sat 11/12, 2:45pm

Running Time: 80 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.


SAVE THE ROBOTS by Jacques Lamarre, Clark Render and Rob Susman, lyrics by Clark Render, music by Rob Susman and Hagatha, directed by David Rigano. The Earth is being menaced by a government controlled by an evil corporation that may, or may not, be under the influence of cannibal alien forces.  Can a narcissistic professor, a sexy scientist and their robot clones save the planet from certain doom?? (Sci Fi Musical Comedy)

Performance Schedule: Tues 11/15, 6:00pm; Thurs 11/17, 7:30pm; Sat 11/19, 1:45pm

Running Time: 90 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.


Shields of Blue

SHIELDS OF BLUE written by Bridget Dennin. The ones closest to us are the hardest to shield. (Drama)

Performance Schedule: Wed 11/09, 8:00pm; Thurs 11/10, 6:00pm; Fri 11/11, 8:30pm; Sat 11/12, 12:45pm

Running Time: 90 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.


THE ACTUAL DANCE by Sam Simon, directed by Kate Holland; starring Chuk Obasi. A graceful and inspiring love story that opens a rare window into the mind and heart of a husband caregiver as his wife confronts her breast cancer and they both discover what love really means. (Solo Show/Drama)

Performance Schedule: Mon 11/07, 8:00pm; Tues 11/08, 6:00pm; Sat 11/12, 8:30pm; Sun 11/13, 4:00pm

Running Time: 60 minutes.

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.


THE ELBISNOPSERS written by Katrin Arefy, directed by Tana Sirois. It's about Barbarians and it's about you! A true story!

Performance Schedule: Wed 11/16, 7:45pm; Fri 11/18, 6:00pm; Sun 11/20, 12:30pm

Running Time: 30 minutes.

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.

THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT by Keith Burridge, directed by Annie Taft; starring Bonnie Roe. Can a woman run the country? 100 years ago, long before Hillary, Woodrow Wilson’s wife concealed his stroke and took over as the first woman President. (Drama/Solo Show)

Performance Schedule: Wed 11/02, 7:00pm; Fri 11/04, 7:00pm; Sat 11/05, 4:00pm; Sun 11/06, 1:00pm

Running Time: 55 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.

Good Life

THE GOOD LIFE by Joe Hoover, directed by Tom Paolino;* starring Chelsea Rodriquez, Jessica Ruane,* and Tyler Brown. Tommy's the most virtuous guy in Omaha, and Jane can't take it anymore. *AEA

Performance Schedule: Tues 11/08, 7:30pm; Sat 11/12, 6:45pm; Sun 11/13, 2:15pm

Running Time: 65 minutes.

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.


WARMTH by Diana Rissetto, directed by Lionel Ruland; starring Diana DiCostanzo, Sean O'Connor, Matthew Dean Wood, Stacey Lightman, Taylor Henkin. Quirky comedy about a young woman who volunteers at an offbeat Holocaust charity. (Comedy-Drama)

Performance Schedule: Wed 10/26, 7:00pm; Thurs 10/27, 6:00pm; Fri 10/28, 7:30pm

Running Time: 90 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.


WIMBERLEY by Julia Rae Maldonado, directed by Michael Blatt and Bianca Puorto; starring Peter Ferraiolo and Josh Trant. Set in a small Texas town, Wimberley explores the boundaries of friendship between two former football players after the glories of high school are over. (Drama)

Performance Schedule: Mon 10/31, 7:00pm; Thurs 11/03, 7:30pm; Fri 11/04, 6:00pm; Sat 11/05, 8:30pm

Running Time: 30 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.


WOMEN OF WILLIAMS COUNTY by Karly Thomas, directed by Emily Lyon; Danielle Cohn, Gwendolyn Kelso,* Olivia Williamson,* and Sara Hymes.*. Seven of Tennessee Williams' most iconic women trapped in a room together, forced to get along in this hilarious examination of what it means to be the protagonist of your own story;even when you're only written to stay on the sidelines. (Comedy) *AEA
Performance Schedule: Wed 10/26, 6:00pm; Thurs 10/27, 8:00pm; Fri 10/28, 6:30pm
Running Time: 30 minutes
Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.

John Chatterton presents
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MITF FALL VARIETY consists of programs featuring traditional cabaret performers, tributes to Broadway musicals, singer-songwriters, variety acts, and a little rock-and-roll.

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters,
312 W. 36th Street, NY

VICKIE PHILLIPS: A Carousel of Colors With Brel, Weill, and Aznavour by Bob Ost and Vickie Phillips, directed by Bob Ost. With New York Bistro Award winners Vickie Phillips and music director Gerry Dieffenbach who explore the human fragilities of life and sweep their audience on a rapturous carousel ride as they keep alive all the magic of these composers. Encore! (Cabaret)

Performance Dates: Sat 11/05, 2:45pm
Running Time: 45 minutes
Venue: Jewel Box, 312 W. 36th Street.
David David De Almo: David De Almo is Occasionally Employed by David De Almo, directed by Max Friedman; starring David De Almo. From a Lortel Award-Winning producer of Mike Birbiglia’s “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” and “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King,” and the star of that “Monsters Inside Me” episode where that amoeba eats that girl’s brain, comes the unlikely story of a data analyst who gave up comfort in suburbia to become a Theatrical Producer overnight. (Comedy/One Man Story Telling) *AEA

Performance Dates: Wed 11/02, 8:30pm
Running Time: 45 minutes
Venue: Jewel Box, 312 W. 36th Street.
Cassidy CASSIDY FIONNA LACOLLA: A Night With Fiefie. 17 year old poet Cassidy Fionna LaColla shares her stories with NYC.

Performance Dates: Fri 11/04, 9:30pm
Running Time: 45 minutes
Venue: Jewel Box, 312 W. 36th Street.
MITF: FALL/Staged Readings

CIAO BAMBINO music, lyrics and book by Elizabeth Turner, directed by Eizabeth Turner; starring Tia Andriani, Moriel Behar, Ashley Brooke, Brooks Christopher, Gianmarco Colucci, Morgan Daniels, Anna DeBlasio, Lisa Franklin, Andrea Galata, Taylor Johnson, Alan Kelly, Bob Long, Stephanie Mallick,Trevor Nalepka, Liz Pegg, Elizabeth Turner, Kasey Yeargain. An Italian-American musical filled with love, passion, and laughter that the entire family can enjoy.

Performance Schedule: Fri 11/11, 3-5:00pm

Running Time: 90 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.

SOLICITUDES written and directed by Leo Rockas.

Performance Schedule: Fri 11/18, 3-5:00pm

Running Time: 90 minutes

Venue: Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street.



PROGRAM A (Saturday, Oct 29, 7pm - Sunday, Oct, 30, 4pm)
dollface dollface by Robert LoManto, directed by Rich Sab; starring Julie Trapanese and Joe DiBartolo.
...I pray the Lord my soul to keep...
Living The Mundane Life by John Ladd, directed by Eileen Walsh; starring Sandra Toll and Don Steup. A glimpse of what happens when you take the hopes and dreams of a hopeful—and possibly even attainable—tomorrow, and turn it inside out.
A Vampire, a zombie and a werewolf walk into a bar by Joe Starzyk, directed Jake Fisch. What is the recipe for love? Mix one appletini, one frustrated vampire, one randy werewolf, and one clever zombie and you get ...
Witchhazel by Leonard D.Goodisman, directed by Kristofer Kauff. She says the library is haunted; and then he knows it really is, very haunted.
Happy Halloween, Harry Houdini by Matt Sanders, directed by Liana Afuni; starring Eric Leeb and Jesica Levi. On Halloween, two amateur magicians, Wendell and Mimi, meet at Houdini's grave: will it be trick or treat?
A Bitter Pill by Howard Margulies, directed by and starring David Leeper and Howard Margulies. A Park Avenue physician encounters a new patient in this mordant comedy about the science of modern medicine and the art of sweet revenge. Sometimes, a visit to the doctor’s office can be detrimental to one's health.
One Life at a Time by Olivia Reevell, directed by Olivia Reevell; starring Gabrielle Adkins, Colin York, Tom O'Boyle, Arlo, and Jules Bernstein. What happens after death? Where do we go? Do we simply return to the earth that made us? Or maybe there is something bigger than that, something that keeps us driving forward in life.
Comford Woman Comfort Woman by Steve Gold.
On The Brink of Darkness by Paul Joseph Gulino, directed by Alejandra Venancio. What happens if you have second thoughts about joining a Satanic Cult?
Tricks Tricks by Danielle Fenton, directed by Francesca Rizzo; starring Deirdre Brennan, Tony Mowatt, Ardes Quinn, and Al Sutton. A blind date. Halloween. What could go wrong?
Suspicion Suspicion, Obsession, Paranoia, Marriage by Ivan Faute directed by Christina Ashby, starring Joseph Thomas, Danielle Rabinovitch, DeAnna Supplee, and David Andrew Laws. The world is chock full of threats - Zombies! Aliens! Your Spouse!
Pickup Pickup by Jessica Pollack, directed by JessicaPollack. An amusing look at the obstacles that New York women encounter daily, in the form of pickup attempts, as they simply try to navigate their lives -- and a look at what that does to our walls, our assumptions and judgments, and how we decide who are the nice guys.
PROGRAM B (Saturday, Oct 29, 9pm - Sunday, Oct 30, 2pm)

Edward's Closet by Jenn Dlugos and Charlie Hatton, directed by Johnny Culver; starring  David Meyers, Eric Leeb, Mike Miller, Lauren Snyder, and James Toback. All Edward wants is a good night's sleep before his Little League practice.

Hook-Up Hook-Up by Burton Swartz, directed by Burton Swartz; starring Burton Swartz. Hook-Up is a play about a guy fixing his friend up for a date.
The Double Heart by Renee McNeil, directed by Renee McNeil; starring Robert Bryson and Chelsea Clark. A man receives another part of a heart, but is he capable of living with it?
Three Characters and The Speed of Light by Gloria Craig, directed by Dennis Gleason; starring Edwina Morales, Brett Radek, Cody Jordan, and Dan Cake. Three characters suspended in the spirit world are led to the light after they help a writer complete her 10-minute play.

Lament by Begonya Plaza, directed by Jonathan Libman; starring: Cooper Lawrence and Solonje Burns. This is the New York of not too long ago, when same-sex marriage was still illegal, thus encouraging homophobia, and another pretext for hypocrisy and greed. Many states, and countries still ban LGBT rights. 

In a World Where.... Donald Trump is President by Lisa L. Kirchner, directed by Charles Sanchez. In A World… Where Donald Trump is President” takes place in an internment camp along TexMex border, where the so-called Volunteers have just learned the promise of citizenship has been denied.
She's not the Bride of Frakenstein Anymore by Elaine Alexander. A newly ‘single and loving it’ Bride Of Frankenstein goes speed dating but soon discovers that the bar scene is a nightmare.
Eye We Are the Eye by Natalie Lifson, directed by Natalie Lifson; starring Sara Donovan, Alison Verdesca, and Megan Pan. Three witches as old as time and as young as newborn babies reflect on the world they once witnessed the birth of and whose death they will also eventually witness. 
The Secret Song by Suzann Capra, directed by Suzann Capra; starring  Dayne Doyle, Kathryn Neville Browne, and Emma Kotkin. The spirits are whispering but you can only hear them if you have a secret song.
What Lies In-Between by Ellany Kincross, directed by Ellany Kincross; starring Ellany Kincross and Alex Katz. Jeremy and Marlena are dealing with an infidelity in their marriage. Is each one of them saying what they truly mean or what they think the other wants to hear?
Buried Buried by Tracey Jane Smith, directed by Stephanie Wilson; starring MacKenzie Jones, Jacob Waldron, and Claire Hayner. The deepest love is the hardest to bury.