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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MITF Seeks Short Subjects for July 2014

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

I'm still looking for new one-act plays for the Fifteenth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF), taking place from July 14 - Aug. 10 at the Theatre Building, 312 W. 36th St. in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Details are straightforward:
Dates for the Festival are July 14 - Aug. 10, 2014. (I'm looking for shows to fill out all but the last week.)
Plays should run 25 - 30 minutes, 30-45 minutes, or 45-60 minutes. Better short than long. The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*
Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited.
Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is some storage during your run only.
Tickets less than $20. There are no fees. The Festival pays shows half the net, defined as half the receipts from all tickets over 40% of a house.
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting. Seating is reserved for producers, writers, and directors at their own shows. We honor press comps, by reservation. No comps may be transferred to anyone else. There are no other comps.
We prefer shows to be non-Equity. Equity showcases may be permitted under special circumstances.
The Festival will provide a press agent, marketing support, venue manager, house manager, lighting designer, and box-office manager. You must provide your own board op. (The Festival has a list of available qualified technical staff from which you may draw. They are competent and reasonably priced.)
While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. The Festival will provide discount rehearsal time, during "off-peak" hours, at The Network, 242 W. 36th St. 3rd fl., for $8 an hour.
There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show.
There is no application fee, but there is a $100 participation fee, due on selection and signing of a simple contract.
Most performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.
Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.
The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show. Our staff will insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.
There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival. Last year's awards were held in Sept. 2013.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

I've presented a lot of festivals, and I have a special interest in one-act plays. They're an easy, inexpensive, and fun way to see your work on its feet. Before you submit a script, please fill out an online application. A link to the application is in the Festival Manual, available at www.midtownFestival.org, under "Application Process." As soon as you finish the application, send me the script as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


John Chatterton
Executive producer, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Short Play Lab

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