It’s festival time! Broadway takes an annual summer vacation after the rush of the Tony Awards, with only a trickle of new shows until the fall, and most major Off Broadway companies catch their breaths for a few weeks, too. But theater abhors a vacuum, so festivals rush to fill it with less expensive offerings. Some are rigorously curated, like the New York Musical Festival and Ice Factory; others are aimed more at beginners. Take some time to look through their offerings; somewhere among these dozens of shows, there’s bound to be something just right for you.
Summer Theater Festivals in New York City
In the helter-skelter of summer theater festivals, the cool curatorial heads of Ice Factory always provide a welcome breeze. For the fest’s 25th anniversary, New Ohio artistic director Robert Lyons has invited distinguished alums to serve as guest curators. Each show runs for a single week.
Escape your humdrum black-and-white life for the many shades of gay at Dixon Place’s estimable annual festival of all things same-sex. The centerpiece of the 2018 edition is Timothy DuWhite’s Neptune (July 13–28), a solo piece about life and love as a black, gay and HIV-positive man.
NYMFomaniacs, rejoice! The impressive annual feast of new musical theater takes over multiple venues on 42nd Street for its 15th annual edition. Selections include more than 30 productions, readings, concerts and other events. Buried treasure could lie anywhere, so dig around.