March 7, 2008

Midtown Fest Script Deadline Extended

Filed under: For Writers,Press Releases — offoffbway @ 4:13 pm

Attention aspiring writers: You have more time to get your words in to the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Read on:

Deadline Extended to March 15

For Midtown International Theatre Festival Script Submissions

Calling All Playwrights and Producers! If you have a project that’s ready to be put on stage this summer, contact the Midtown International Theatre Festival immediately! The MITF is still accepting submissions for its Ninth Annual presentation of plays and musicals, spanning all types and genres – they want to hear from you! To that end the Festival, which will run from July 13-August 10, and take place in seven different theatres in five separate venues, has extended its submission deadline to March 15, 2008.

“We would like to be competitive with our open slots,” noted MITF executive producer John Chatterton. “We’re very excited about this year’s crop of submissions (with a lineup to be announced in April) and are looking for any other good shows out there to help us round out the schedule.” Chatterton noted that a successful application to the Festival requires not only a good script but a production team who can stage the play successfully and who have a strong marketing plan that will sell tickets.

This summer, the MITF returns to the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, its home in 2003, where it will use the 98-seat June Havoc Theatre and the 60-seat Dorothy Stressing space. At the same time, the MITF will remain at the WorkShop Theater, where it has been since 2004, and presenting shows in that location’s 65-seat MainStage; while the Workshop’s Jewel Box Theater will serve as an audience waiting room and beer tent.

The Festival will also use The Barrow Group’s 99-seat theatre, which will house the MITF Commercial Division. These are shows looking for a life beyond the Festival. The WorkShop, Abingdon and Barrow Group theatres are all located at 312 West 36th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), on the 4th, 1st and 3rd floors, respectively.

Just up the block, at 347 West 36th Street, additional shows will be performed at Chatter ton’s 40-seat Where Eagles Dare Theatre and the 50-seat Where Eagles Dare Studio Theatre. These venues are located on the ground and 13th floors of the building, the latter also being where the MITF has its administrative offices.

Lastly, the MITF will continue to use Stage Left Studio, located at 438 West 37th Street, Suite 5-A (between 9th & 10th Avenues), for its one-person shows.

Those interested in applying to the Ninth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival can download an application form at the Festival website at The completed application, script, and any other production materials, along with a non-refundable reading fee of $30.00, should be sent to: The Midtown International Theatre Festival, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018. All entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2008.

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