NYC's Dream Up Festival Will Premiere Bitch, My Artichoke Heart, Keep Your Baggage With You

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Off-Broadway's Theater for the New City (TNC) will give wing to 25 premieres — musicals, plays, one-acts and experimental pieces — in its first Dream Up Festival Aug. 8-Sept. 5.

The Dybbuk playwright Julia Pascal
The Dybbuk playwright Julia Pascal

The downtown festival — featuring artists and writers from around the country and around the world, performing in one of several venues — is curated by TNC's literary manager, Michael Scott-Price. TNC is under the direction of Crystal Field, TNC's artistic director.

Dream Up is billed as "an all-premiere festival with 23 world premieres and two American premieres, offering a month long anthology of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions."

The pieces are by emerging writers and mid-career writers. Audiences will have the opportunity to view most of the productions at least five times.

The festival's lighting designer is Alexander Bartenieff. Technical director is Richard Reta. Production director is Mark Marcante.

The Dream Up titles include Around The Night Park by Maria Micheles; Auto Graphic Novel by Johnny Klein; Bitch by Sean Pomposello, Bright Images by Ken Gaertner; Chutes & 'Latters' and Other Dangerous Games by Christopher Massimine; Dollface by B.J. Sebring, lyrics by David Forman, music by David Forman & Rob Hyman with additional material by Bette Midler, Rick Chertoff, Eric Bazilian, Lou Bellofatto; The Dudleys! by Leegrid Stevens; The Dybbuk by Julia Pascal; Gloves for Guns by David Lawson; It Ain't No Sin by Michael Patrick F. Smith; Keep Your Baggage With You (At All Times) by Jonathan Ballard Blitstein; My Artichoke Heart by Naïma Kristel Phillips and What The Sparrow Said by Danny Mitarotondo (a double bill); The New York Monologues by Mike Poblete; One Arm and A Leg conceived/written by Calla Videt and Jesse Barron; One Drop by Andrea Fulton; Princes of Darkness by Bill Connington; RealPolitik by Elyse Cogan and Ivy Livingston; Second Empire written by the ensemble of TL;DR Collective; Seymour or The Last Fallen Angel written by Ashley Christopher Leach; Shakespeare the Dead by Alex Mills; The Sky is Melting by Elizabeth Woodbury; Summer Rain by Robert Coe; i>Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors: A Subway Musical and Romance by Richard S. Rose; A Taste of Altruistic; Wardrobe of the living dead and Choose your Grown Adventure by by Maximilian Avery Clark and Jennifer Fedor; andWABI SABI Not Wasabi! by Ming Peiffer. Tickets prices range from $12 to $15. For more information, including venues, visit dreamupfestival.org.

Ben Jaeger-Thomas, Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith and Julie Turner of <i>It Ain't No Sin</i>
Ben Jaeger-Thomas, Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith and Julie Turner of It Ain't No Sin Photo by Victoria Rimerman
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