2017 Midtown International Theatre Festival: the oldest continuing theatre festival in NYC #M1TF

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This is an auspicious year for John Chatterton and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. MITF is now the OLDEST CONTINUING THEATRE FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK! John Chatterton has set the gold standard for presenting new and exciting independent theatrical works in NYC. This year’s special festival brings more than 100 productions to Manhattan – as well as an astounding number of international works. The 18th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival once again proves itself to be one of the best reasons to stay in New York in July!

MITF: SUMMER

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

July 12 – August 6, 2017

The WORKSHOP’s MAIN STAGE & JEWEL BOX

312 West 36th Street, NYC

2 FOR 1 by Anindya De. Sometimes you can rekindle an old flame but sometimes you just get burned. (Comedy); Performance Schedule: Wed 7/19, 7:15pm; Fri 7/21, 8:15pm; Sun 7/23, 1:00pm

A MOTHER’S HEART by Daniela Dellavalle, directed by Tania Kass; starring Alice Lussiana Parente. A Mother’s Heart” dissects the complex relationship between a daughter and her mother through the lens of a psychiatrist who has to decide the girl’s fate. Three women brought together by extreme circumstances. Three women who love and want to be loved. (Drama); Performance Schedule: Wed 7/26, 7:00pm; Fri 7/28, 8:30pm; Sun 7/30, 1:00pm

AN AUDIENCE WITH SHURL written and directed by Sue Bevan; starring Sue Bevan. 4* Award-nominated tragicomic show about loss and the search for meaning. (Solo Show); Performance Schedule: Tues 7/25, 6:00pm; Fri 7/28, 7:00pm; Sun 7/30, 2:45pm

18519730_10154584448573873_7164879784927692133_nAN ENERGY TALE by Anthony J. Piccione, directed by Holly Payne-Strange. A time-traveling adventure through the potential impacts of climate change. (Children’s Theatre); Performance Schedule: Fri 8/04, 12:00pm; Sat 8/05, 11:00am; Sun 8/06, 11:00am

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD by Gabrielle Christene Harrison.; Performance Schedule: Wed 8/02, 6:00pm; Fri 8/04, 7:15pm; Sun 8/06, 1:30pm

BACK O’TOWN book, music, and lyrics by Erin J. Reifler, directed by Jenn Maley. (Musical); Performance Schedule: Wed 7/19, 6:00pm; Fri 7/21, 8:00pm; Sun 7/23, 12:30pm

18588923_10154598405248873_8216713626114607501_oBETWEEN PANIC AND DESIRE by Bear Kosik. What would you do if you found yourself between panic and desire? (Drama); Performance Schedule: Wed 8/02, 6:00pm; Fri 8/04, 8:15pm; Sun 8/06, 3:30pm

BROMANCE-A-RONI by Roberto Ragone, directed by Art Bernal; starring George Papadimatos and Roberto Ragone. What happens when Richie comes over for another routine dinner at Matt’s home? Matt realizes Richie’s entire future depends on having him relax and loosen up and deliver great jokes. Then you start to wonder who in the room actually has the problem – Richie, Matt, or Annie and Susan? (Comedy); Performance Schedule: Wed 7/19, 6:00pm; Fri 7/21, 7:00pm; Sun 7/23, 2:15pm

CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU by Emma Gordon.; Performance Schedule: Tues 7/18, 8:30pm; Sat 7/22, 6:00pm; Sun 7/23, 7:00pm

CARLI ANNE SONGBYRD BAKER by Julie Hays, directed by Tom Gold; starring Julia DiVergilio, Eve Austin, Susan McBrien, Mike Roche, and Maggie Fales. A hilarious, fresh take on mothers and daughters. Marcia needs to ‘break up’ with Carli Anne Songbyrd Baker, her self-involved daughter, who’s not having it! (Comedy) AEA; Performance Schedule: Mon 7/24, 8:30pm; Tues 7/25, 7:45pm; Sat 7/29, 9:00pm; Sun 7/30, 4:00pm

CODE ADAM by Mathilda Chua, directed by Renee Yeong and Giacoma Bonello; starring Mathilda Chua. A struggling actress and successful doctor explore the intricate web of inescapable love through the deconstruction of their relationship, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility. (Drama); Performance Schedule: Mon 7/17, 7:15pm; Thurs 7/20, 6:00pm; Sat 7/22, 3:30pm

DifficultTransDIFFICULT TRANSITION by Kevin Clancy, directed by Jen Yip; starring Keith Edward Maxwell and Mariana Genesio Pena. Chances. Choices. Coffee. (Drama); Performance Schedule: Mon 7/17, 6:00pm; Thurs 7/20, 7:15pm; Sat 7/22, 4:45pm

EMMA’S BLISS by Claudia Schreiber, lyrics by Yarina Gurtner, directed by Yarina Gurtner and Christian Scharrer, musical direction by Yarina Gurtner and Lukas Thöni; starring Yarina Gurtner. Live music by Brandon G. Reilly. How lively is death? A mystery. A fairy tale. A love story. A tough decision. (Musical); Performance Schedule: Wed 8/02, 7:15pm; Fri 8/04, 6:00pm; Sun 8/06, 1:00pm

FORBIDDEN by Rick Mueller, directed by Joy Kelly; starring Rick Charles Mueller and Tara Murtha. (Drama); Performance Schedule: Mon 7/31, 6:00pm; Wed 8/02, 7:30pm; Thurs 8/03, 6:00pm; Sat 8/05, 3:30pm

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH written and directed by Christopher Bayon, musical director Seth Weaver; starring Chris Bayon, Xiaoqing Zhang, Gina Chapman, Michael Brinzer, Alex Talarico, Xander Kozak, Steve Bogosian, Nick Wheeler, Joe Caldarise, April Leonhard, Caddy Finlayson, Alejandro Chapa, and Eve Begelman. West Side Story meets STOMP where musicians are the actors on stage!  (Musical/Shakespeare adaptation); Performance Schedule: Wed 7/26, 8:00pm; Thurs 7/27, 8:00pm; Sat 7/29, 6:00pm

FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD by Ellen Lindsay. (Comedy) AEA; Performance Schedule: Mon 7/17, 6:00pm; Thurs 7/20, 7:30pm; Sat 7/22, 5:30pm

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE PAINTS PARADISE book by Tom Dunn, music and lyrics by William Ogmundson, directed by Tom Dunn; starring Mary Armstrong and Rose Kosciuszek. On the eve of WWII famed painter Georgia O’Keeffe escapes from NYC courtesy of the Dole Pineapple Co. to go to Hawaii for a life changing experience and do for the pineapple what she did for the iris. (Musical) ; Performance Schedule: Fri 8/04, 9:30pm; Sat 8/05, 4:30pm; Sun 8/06, 6:00pm

HUNGER IN PARADISE by Mary McCallum.; Performance Schedule: Wed 7/12, 7:30pm; Thurs 7/13, 7:30pm; Fri 7/14, 7:30pm

IAN AND HIS BODY written and directed by Michael Ricotta. (Drama); Performance Schedule: Wed 7/19, 8:30pm; Fri 7/21, 6:00pm; Sun 7/23, 3:30pm

INTO THE BAYOU MADAME MARIE’S SHOP written and directed by Isobella Caroline Boucher; starring Marlene Villafane, Isobella Caroline Boucher, Robert Lee, and Briahna Dolan. In the Louisiana Bayou, expect more than a hair-cut at Madame Marie’s Shop. (Thriller/Mystery); Performance Schedule: Tues 7/18, 6:00pm; Sat 7/22, 8:30pm; Sun 7/23, 4:30pm

ITAR logo with tag lineIT TAKES A RAINBOW book and lyrics by Emily Clare Thompson, music by Richard D. Russell. Seven little lizards leave their safe home to discover the colorful world, learning a valuable lesson to share with the folks back home. (Musical; Children’s/Family show); Performance Schedule: Fri 8/04, 11:00am; Sat 8/05, 12:00pm; Sun 8/06, 12:00pm

IT’S NOT STAMPED ON YOUR FOREHEAD written and directed by Natasha Cobb; starring Erica Johnson and Adetnuke Adetunji. Forced into therapy after leaving a mental hospital a shattered woman struggles with how to thrive while living with bipolar disorder. (Drama); Performance Schedule: Tues 8/01, 7:45pm; Thurs 8/03, 6:00pm; Sat 8/05, 7:15pm

LOCKER ROOM TALK: A LIBERAL FANTASY by Jason Paris. A high school football coach and former player explore what it means to be politically progressive in rural, red-state America, particularly in light of the 2016 election. (Drama) ; Performance Schedule: Mon 7/24, 7:15pm; Thurs 7/27, 7:15pm; Sat 7/29, 1:15pm

LOVE AND NOTHING by Kacie Devaney, directed by Stephen Singer, choreographer Kacie Devaney; starring Julie Voshell, Kacie Devaney, and Will Marks. Kaitlin and Jeb are in love but they’re too afraid to admit it. Their quirky friend Julie loves them both in a kooky kind of way. A play within a play, the three friends rehearse a piece imbued in existential questions related to love and nothing, being and religion. A wacky, dark comedy, including original song and dance. Love and Nothing will make you question your own life and why you’re here. (Dark Comedy) (AEA); Performance Schedule: Mon 7/31, 6:00pm; Thurs 8/03, 8:15pm; Sat 8/05, 3:00pm

18620306_10154598425093873_4569161194958287868_nMAD MEL SAVES THE WORLD book by Gary Morgenstein, music and lyrics by Erich Rausch, directed by Erich Rausch. A madcap intergalactic adventure blending pop, rock , rap music and even Vogueing  choreography, with a healthy dose of political satire. (Musical comedy) AEA; Performance Schedule: Tues 7/18, 6:30pm; Sat 7/22, 7:00pm; Sun 7/23, 3:00pm

ME AND STEPIN’ by Richie McCall. (Solo Show); Performance Schedule: Thurs 7/27, 9:45pm; Fri 7/28, 10:00pm; Mon 7/31, 8:45pm

MISS ANNE’S PLAN by Anne Pasquale.; Performance Schedule: Mon 7/31, 7:30pm; Thurs 8/03, 7:00pm; Sat 8/05, 1:45pm

ONE MORE FINE DAY book, music, and lyrics by Caitlyn Waltemrire Leonard, musical arrangement by John Davis, directed by Drew Davidson; starring Caleb Leonard, Kelsey Waltermire, Michael Mau, Greg Waltermire, EvEnder Hodges Sanders, Rachael Yeager, Kaylee Waltermire, Scott Dimeo, Troy Walton, Courtney Waltermire, Jonathan Watson, Erin Disponett, Jeff Poling. A show about the funny and tragic inside of a mental hospital, with several Carpenters references because it’s 1974. (Musical); Performance Schedule: Thurs 7/20, 8:45pm; Sun 7/23, 6:30pm; Mon 7/24, 6:30pm

PLATFORM GRIOT by Baindu D. Kalokoh; starring Baindu D. Kalokoh. A brazen homeless woman brings fifteen voices to life as she vividly recounts her experiences living on the streets of New York City. (Solo Show); Performance Schedule: Tues 8/01, 6:30pm; Sat 8/05, 6:00pm; Sun 8/06, 4:45pm

RAGHS by Sohailla Mahjour, directed by Pati Amoroso; starring Sohailla Mahjour. An Iranian American girl falls in love with an older Iranian cousin. (Dramatic comedy); Performance Schedule: Tues 7/18, 7:00pm; Sat 7/22, 7:00pm; Sun 7/23, 5:30pm

SELF YELP by Helene Ellford and Emily Thomas, directed by Doug Widick; starring Helene Ellford and Emily Thomas. Self Yelp is a character-based sketch show inspired by Yelp reviews and the people who write them. (Comedy); Performance Schedule: Wed 7/26, 8:45pm; Sat 7/29, 5:00pm; Sun 7/30, 5:45pm; Tues 8/01, 8:45pm

SHORT CUT by Philip Kushner. (Comedy) AEA; Performance Schedule: Wed 7/26, 6:00pm; Fri 7/28, 6:00pm; Sat 7/29, 6:00pm; Sun 7/30, 6:45pm

SHOWTIME by Krystina Bailey, directed by Glen Quentin; starring Barron Bass, Noel Martinez, Travis Demetri, and Jenna Bosco. Three young subway performers make a living from their skills flipping on the train. Today’s the day to payback the most dangerous gangster in town, so ladies and gentlemen what time is it? “SHOWTIME”. (Drama); Performance Schedule: Mon 7/31, 8:00pm; Thurs 8/03, 8:00pm; Sat 8/05, 2:00pm

SISTAS ON FIRE: A NEWSICAL by Marcia L. McNair and Anissa D. Moore, directed by AhDream Smith, musical director Natalie Richmond; starring Desi Waters,Tiffany Thompson, Linda Browne, Canitra Billups, Katherine George, and Tiffany Renee Thompson. The personal becomes political when sistas speak their minds on social injustice in a mix of prose, poetry, song and dance. (Musical); Performance Schedule: Wed 7/19, 8:30pm; Fri 7/21, 6:30pm; Sun 7/23, 5:00pm

THE ANGELS WILL LET YOU FALL written and directed by Lizzy May, musical director Lizzy May and Sarah Dunnavant, choreographer/movement director Heather Coats, musical director Ben Kinsinger; starring Jessie Epstein, Kyla Parker, Aniyah Allen, Marlena Ball, Dale Erwin, Jerome Hicks, Francesca Bonifacio, Olivia Nielsen, and Chloe Cucinotta. His Death. Her Crisis. A Constellation of Memories. (Musical); Performance Schedule: Thurs 7/27, 6:30pm; Fri 7/28, 6:00pm; Sat 7/29, 2:45pm

THE BET book by Tony Sportiello, music and lyrics by David Wolfson, directed by Tom Herman; starring Dana Aber and Spencer Plachy. A wager between two angels where the stakes are the fate of the world. (Musical); Performance Schedule: Wed 7/26, 6:00pm; Fri 7/28, 7:15pm; Sat 7/29, 4:00pm

THE GAY NO MORE TELETHON: THE APOLOGY book and lyrics by Michael DiGaetano, music by Albin E. Konopka and Michael DiGaetano, directed by Michael DiGaetano. In 2008, Reverend Vernon Jackson presented “The Gay No More Telethon” on his Religious Broadcasting Network in Lynchburg Virginia, raising forty million dollars to turn as many homosexuals straight by the rapture or the 2014 winter Olympics…whichever came first, but now he is very, very sorry. (Musical) AEA; Performance Schedule: Mon 7/17, 7:30pm; Thurs 7/20, 6:00pm; Sat 7/22, 4:00pm

THE MAGIC RING by Jan Albert. Magic here! Magic there! Magic is seen everywhere! (Children’s Musical); Performance Schedule: Fri 7/28, 11:30am; Sat 7/29, 11:00am; Sun 7/30, 12:30pm

THE PRINCESS, THE COW, AND THE CORN MAZE written and directed by Michael MacKenzie Wills, musical director C. Colby Sachs; starring Matt Haas, Erik Jonathan Shuler, and Inuka Ivaska. A lost Princess meets a cow named Cow who helps her find her way home; she learns several lessons about being a better person while on their journey. (Children’s Musical); Performance Schedule: Fri 7/21, 11:30am; Sat 7/22, 12:00pm; Sun 7/23, 11:30am

THE WATER CARRIERS by Michael Williams, directed by Tom Marion; starring Tuka Al Muhaisen, Eunique Doran, Leah Kesselly, Angelique Smythe, Jabaree Muhammad, Ky’Quana McAllister, Kassandra Rodriguez, Tuquan Clifton Smith, Rasheid Thompson, Anjed Eloued, Winnie Esther, and Isaac Lama. The Water Carriers tells the story of African legends, Sunjata and The Tree of Life, as seen through the turbulent eyes of six refugees stowed away in a shipping container bound for who-knows-where. (Family drama with music); Performance Schedule: Tues 7/25, 6:00pm; Sat 7/29, 7:15pm; Sun 7/30, 2:00pm

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THIS GONNA BE ON THE TEST, MISS? by Ronna Levy, directed by Tyler Spicer; starring Ronna Levy. Welcome to Community College remedial English, where it’s my job for the next 12 weeks to teach you what you should’ve learned over the past 12 years. (Solo Show); Performance Schedule: Mon 7/24, 6:00pm; Thurs 7/27, 8:30pm; Sat 7/29, 2:30pm

UNTITLED TIME by Jeffrey Schmelkin, directed by Sean O’Shea, musical direction by Christopher Thomas Emery and Jeffrey Schmelkin. Sometimes the answer we don’t want to hear is the answer that will save us; in his silence, can you hear him? This show shares an important message regarding life and the choices we make when we hit our lowest points and how our decisions impact those around us. – Sean O’Shea. (Contemporary Musical Theatre); Performance Schedule: Tues 8/01, 8:30pm; Sat 8/05, 5:30pm; Sun 8/06, 5:30pm

UNTOLD by Gina Hughes.; Performance Schedule: Mon 7/24, 8:30pm; Thurs 7/27, 6:00pm; Sat 7/29, 3:45pm

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH DAWN by Pamela L. Robbins. Troubles escalate when the Orange Box Theatre – a brand-new production company specializing in musicals – receives a prospective member who can’t sing, can’t dance, and worst of all, won’t leave.(Comedic Drama) ; Performance Schedule: Mon 7/17, 8:30pm; Thurs 7/20, 8:30pm; Sat 7/22, 2:30pm

18519482_10154584446208873_5561570710820610393_nWHO ARE YOU by Simon Chouinard and T. Michael Vest, directed by Richard F. Grasso, musical director Sean P. Pallatroni. A new original musical about three world-renowned imposters competing for a chance to start over again with a new, guilt-free identity. (Musical); Performance Schedule: Tues 8/01, 6:00pm; Sat 8/05, 7:00pm; Sun 8/06, 3:00pm

WHY I KILLED MY MOTHER by Dor Zweigenbom, directed by Hanoch Reim; starring Dor Zweigenbom. An autobiographical story. A mother asks her son to kill her because she is bedridden of an incurable illness, but humor is the main force helping him to overcome the pain. (Physical theatre/puppetry/storytelling); Performance Schedule: Tues 7/25, 7:30pm; Sat 7/29, 7:00pm; Sun 7/30, 4:15pm

MITF SUMMER 2017 VARIETY

OMAR FRANCO: ALLURE OF OLUSION (Magic); Performance Schedule: Sat 7/29, 9:45pm

DEREK HOOD: SINGING STANDARDS AND MORE (Cabaret); Performance Schedule: Sat 7/29, 8:30pm

JUSTYNA KOSTEK AND OLIVER CONANT: DIETRICH RIDES AGAIN (Cabaret); Performance Schedule: Fri 8/04, 8:45pm

3xx2juyy7pbat5eij-br8kya4lqdnv2e3daub_4ojhoIRTE PRESENTS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STUPID KID! Jamie McCluskey is turning 12 and you’re invited to celebrate THE BIG DAY with games, goodie bags, music, a birthday cake and plenty of mayhem in this improvised and interactive birthday party. (Improv); Performance Schedule: Sat 8/05, 9:30pm

DIANA ARNOLD: ON THE TABLE by Daniel Adams. Come hear what the best waitress in New York City has to say—without having to tip. (Solo, Comedy/Poetry/Memoir); Performance Schedule: Fri 7/21, 9:30pm

ELLEN ORCHID: PUNCHLINE AND PROZAC (Standup); Performance Schedule: Fri 7/28, 9:15pm

JUSTIN CHEVALIER. THE ART OF SILENCE: A TRIBUTE TO MARCEL MARCEAU Directed by Emilio Maxwell Cerci. (Mime); Performance Schedule: Sat 7/22, 9:00pm

STEVEN MEEKER, JR: VERY STRONG LIKING Catherine, a talented ballerina, and Shawn, an overweight mime, share a love a ballet and secrets that in the span of one crazy day will change their lives forever. (Mime); Performance Schedule: Sat 8/05, 8:15pm

VICKIE PHILLIPS: KEEPING ALIVE THE ARTISTRY OF JACQUE BREL, KURT WEILL AND CHARLES AZNAVOUR Praised by the New York Times as a ‘One Woman Room Warmer,’ and two-time New York Bistro Award Winner for Song Interpretation, Vickie Phillips and music director Gerry Diefennbach return to encore the magic that won the prestigious Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF 2016) Award for Outstanding Variety Performance. (Cabaret); Performance Schedule: Fri 8/04, 6:00pm

ZAK KELLEY: WAKE UP, LITTLE FAG! (Solo Show); Performance Schedule: Sat 7/22, 9:30pm

MITF SUMMER 2017 STAGED READINGS

A MASSACRE by Katrin Arefy; Performance Schedule: Fri 7/21, 3:00pm

DAVID AND GOLIATH! by Ricky Dunlop; Performance Schedule: Fri 7/28, 3:00pm

SAILOR by Marigrazia DeLuca and Elle Sunman, directed by Marc Scott; starring John Elder, Elena Kopaleichvili, Jonathan Iglesias, Erika Smith, Priscilla Flores, Vincent Torres, Mario Cano, Ivan Forte, Luca Manganaro, and Antonio Barbagallo. Following her dream of becoming a novelist, Sofi, an Italian woman in her 30’s, comes to New York City but here she faces the harsh reality of the immigrant’s life and to make ends meet she gets a job in the Italian restaurant where she meets her love interest Mexican ex-gangster turned dishwasher, Juan.; Performance Schedule: Wed 8/02, 2:00pm; Fri 8/04, 2:00pm

SECOND BANANA by John Saffron. Starring John Saffron & The Saffronics. Musical Director: Jeremy Beck. The musical tale of a man’s relationship with his imaginary friend, who hates him. (Musical); Performance Schedule: Mon 7/17, 2:00pm; Wed 7/19, 2:00pm; Fri 7/21, 2:00pm

THE AV CREW by Joseph Cirillo, directed by Ali Jamali. The AV Crew tells the story of three college students with a love of computers and a distrust of authority. Their daily lives may seem mundane and repetitive, but when a hacker threatens to release a powerful virus onto the campus computer network, it’s a race against time for them to save the day. (Drama); Performance Schedule: Fri 7/28, 2:00pm

THE RED WOOL written and directed by Jeremy Kareken; starring Greg Kotis, Sarah Koenig, Danielle Sacks, Stephen Dexter, and Jeremy Kareken. 900BC Assyria. A mostly true parable of a great empire’s illiterate king whose name isn’t Donald Trump. Content advisory: graphic sexuality, implied violence, bad poetry. (Political Satire); Performance Schedule: Fri 8/04, 3:00pm

WHEN BLOOD RAN RED by Ben Gonshor; Performance Schedule: Thurs 8/03, 3:00pm

Short Play Lab! July 15 – 16, 2017

MAINSTAGE PROGRAM A – Sat 7:00pm and Sun 4:30pm

SPEED COURT written and directed by Janet Conroy-Quirk and Sean Kerr; starring Janet Conroy-Quirk, Joshua Fulton, Nic Gomes, Sean Kerr, and Kevin Magee. 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 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 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 written and directed by Rick Davis; starring Tom Colechin, Marian Thibodeau, and David Barney. The eternal triangle: Mary, Joseph, God (yikes).

SAVIOR IN A SATCHEL by Marcus Soman, directed by Elizabeth Audley; starring Kalen Rae Garnett, Amanda Nichols, and Alex Pappas. Dina and Lucy find a lost handbag, whose unusual contents turn out to be quite miraculous.

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 written and directed by Burt Swartz; starring Burt Swartz. How could anyone defend Hitler. We found someone.

THE RISE AND FALL OF LUCIFER written and directed by Renee McNeil. Before man, there was an angel and his name was called Lucifer.

BLOOD written and directed by Yael Haskal. Sometimes blood isn’t thicker than water. A young woman with a rare blood type must make the ultimate donation decision: life or death for her abusive father.

MAIN STAGE PROGRAM B – Sat 9:00pm and Sun 2:30pm

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 come 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…. written and 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  written and directed by Steven Carinci; starring David Carlson, Jeff Haneckow, and Andrew S. Thompson. How much are the eyeballs in the window?

ONCE by Anna Smith, directed by Kelly Lamanna; starring Josh. Coleman, Heather Lawson, and Hayden Stearns. friend’s death reveals a sordid affair.

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 THAT’S NOT FROM A CAN by Olivia Reevell. This is the end. And where else would you want to be but right here in your bed?

JEWEL BOX PROGRAM A – Sat 6:30pm and Sun 4:00pm

REMINISCENCES by Laura Warfield, directed by Rosemary Foley; starring Karen Randazzo, Tracey Marble, and Elayne Mordoff. 3 sisters squirt the dirt on mom.

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 by Steve Gold, directed by Justin Gallagher; starring Shir Misan and Chris Rand. Two lonely people, one glorious town.

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 by William K Hugel. A play about the inevitable rise of the Powerful Woman.

SOUL MATES written and directed by Suzann Capra; starring Carole Boniece and Barbara Thomas. “Breaking News”: Proof discovered on how to find a Soul Mate.

WHO KNEW THIS DATING THING WAS SO HARD? written and directed by Josiah Mullins; starring Alex Harris, Josiah Mullins, and Abby Good. 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; starring Alex Carmine, Mary Monahan, and Michael Mills. A young man leaves a devout Christian home to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor.

BLACKOUT written and 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.

JEWEL BOX PROGRAM B – 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 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 written and 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 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 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 written and directed by Howard Lipson; starring Dick Nagle and David Sevensky. The future awaits. Is the spirit willing?

ROOFTOP by Kushal Dhungana, directed by Kushal Dhungana and Pharaoh Knighton; starring Pilar Martinez and John Pigate. 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 by Barbara Bennion, directed by Howard Lipson; starring Joe Niola and David Sevensky. 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 written and directed by AdeRonke Adeyemi. Bright, young So, immersed in the Jam Band scene, encounters old friends and makes new ones.

 

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