10th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival Kicks Off July 13

News   10th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival Kicks Off July 13 The 10th annual Midtown International Theatre Festival launches July 13 with Made in Heaven, Seal Songs, I Hate Love and Family Symmetry.

Running through Aug. 2 at the Abingdon Arts Complex and the Where Eagles Dare Studio, MITF is produced by John Chatterton.

Opening productions include:

Made in Heaven by Jay Bernzweig
"One brother is straight. One is gay. They're conjoined twins who share a penis. What happens when two Teams compete for the same Member?"

Family Symmetry by Adam Samtur
"A couple struggles to survive the challenges of obsessive compulsive disorder in this story of the rocky nature of love and acceptance."

Monroe Bound by Lucile Scott
"Secrets destroy in this offbeat tale about miscommunication, Communist microbrew, The Princess of Power and finding your home." Whiskey, Beer and Apple Pie by Rob Egginton, Glenn De Kler, and Eli Sands
"A trio of quirky New York breakup stories about love lost, gone wrong, and gone awkward."

A Night in the Kremlin by Bernard Besserglik and Bob Barton
"America's greatest clown takes on the ogre in the Kremlin."

I Hate Love by Kyle Baxter and Jon Crefeld
A remixed gender-bending version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

NeverCracked by Daniel MacIvor and Gwydion Suilebhan
"An off-kilter cooking show, followed by a desperate contest between men in neckties."

Seal Songs by Jennifer Fell Hayes
"Two tales of love lost and found by the sea."

A selection of additional MITF 2009 productions follows:

1812 The Musical book, music and lyrics by Ira Shapiro.
"The adventures of French soldiers trapped in Russia."

The American Black Box by Scott Pardue.
"A disturbing new play by Scott Pardue raises questions about habeas corpus, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and the social forces that pave the way for terrorist policies."

Benny by Suzanne Bachner.
"Benny is the kaleidoscopic portrait of an adopted woman's quest for identity, intimacy and connection as she is torn between her newly found birthmother and her dad."

The Broken Jug by Heinrich Von Kleist.
"Judge and witnesses know more than they dare say in this riot of an antique roadshow."

EXPOSED! The Curious Case of Shiloh and Zahara by Kate Gersten.
"What do you do when Mom's a Tomb Raider and Dad's in a Fight Club? The story of two little media darlings, all grown (and screwed) up."

How to Make an American Family by Jeff Seabaugh.
"Follow one gay man's journey toward creating a family of his own."

Insecurity! book, music and lyrics by Mickey Zetts.
"The recession-proof musical!"

The Lincoln Continental by Kathy Kafer.
"A powerful story of the love between a father and daughter across three decades, driven by a Lincoln Continental."

Not My Daughter by Ann Mary Mullane.
"An actress's big Broadway debut reveals more than she bargained for - and forces her parents to confront their own perceptions of their little girl, all grown up."

Yo Mama(s)! by Natalie Kim.
"A woman owns the truth of her nutty upbringing by three different mothers."

Theatres hosting the festival include the June Havoc, Dorothy Strelsin, MainStage and Jewel Box Theatres at the Abingon Arts Complex (312 W. 36th Street), as well as Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird (347 W. 36th Street).

For tickets further information visit MidtownFestival.

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