Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) executive producer and founder John Chatterton says a scaled back version of the MITF will return in 2001 and will run from July 13-Aug 5. Chatterton, who publishes OOBR (the off-off-broadway review) said that while this year’s inaugural festival was challenging, he has stuck with his original plans which called for the continuation of the event after reorganizing.
“Nineteen plays in four theatres nearly killed us,” Chatterton said in a prepared statement. “I was a basket case afterwards. But we’re off and running again — on all cylinders.” The MITF application process is open to all. Chatterton emphasizes that his festival charges a single “$15 non-refundable reading fee,” saying “there is NO other fee of any type!.” MITF’s application can be downloaded at www.oobr.com.
Chatterton plans to hold the second MITF at “two theatres in one building (with twelve productions) somewhere close to 42 St. and Broadway” with the “exact venue will be announced early in the New Year.” The MITF schedule calls for each show to present nine performances with the more popular shows extending as part of the supplemental “Best of the Fest” week.
All submissions (with the downloaded application form) should be sent, along with the $15.00 reading fee, to: Midtown International Theatre Festival,165 Christopher Street, #5N, New York, NY 10014. E-mail the MITF at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 14, 2001.
—By Murdoch McBride