John Chatterton and The Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival (MITF) have announced the Third Annual Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, from Feb. 4 through 24, 2013. The Festival will take place at Roy Arias Studios' Stage 2, 300 W. 43rd St. 4th fl. Tickets (from $13 to $18, depending on a play's length; no discounts for seniors or students) are available at www.smartTix.com (search by play title or follow the link provided below) or by calling 212/868-4444.
"Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow. Tennessee Williams's college professor made him write one-act plays, before he went on to write STREETCAR. Writing one-acts or even ten-minute plays is a natural step in a playwright's development, or even a way for the master to step back and amuse him- or herself between blockbusters. This year's Festival crams three performances of three-dozen one-acts into three weeks in one theatre, which must be some sort of record!"
A BABY'S ARM HOLDING AN APPLE by Mandi Riggi (45 min.). Two souls long for lost love as they await their fate in the afterlife.
A CREDIT TO HIS RACE by Steve Gold (60 min.). A tale of racism, forbidden love, and Mussolini based on the life of Ernest Just, a pioneer black scientist.
ADELE'S HEART by Giapiero Rappa & Paula Wing (75 min.). Lucas and Adele struggle to survive during a war.
BRIDGE TO BARAKA by Yvette Heyliger (30 min.). Emboldened by an unlikely 1960s movement, Yvette X stakes her claim as a female dramatist coming of age during the ongoing fight for parity in the American Theatre.
CHILD OF FAITH Written & directed by Christopher Tedrick; starring Kayla Wickes, Jason Faust, & Simone Zvi (60 min.). The fight for survival in a post-revolution world.
FELDMAN & SONS by Lawrence Apple (60 min.) A fateful decision confronts a struggling family clothing company and its aging leader.
FORCE REDEMPTION by Shawn Belpanno (60 min.). Star Wars parody of a high adventure on a space station.
FRIENDLY Written & directed by Mike Durell (60 min.). Starring Alexandra Hellquist, Jenny Paul, Gary Lizardo, John Felidi, & Mike Durell. Two young women making their way in the big city fall into a mysterious plot.
GET ME A GUY by Israela Margalit (45 min.). Comedy about women needing a guy.
LIFE AS A POMEGRANATE by Dawna J. Wightman; directed by Ginette Mohr; sound composition by David Mesiha (60 min.). One-woman comedy about a young woman with kids and a bad marriage in a redneck Canadian town.
LINOLEUM'S HARD by Joanne DeSimone, directed by Jay Michaels; starring Sara Minisquero, Laura Aristovulos, Gaby Mook & Abigail Formas, stage managed by Joanna Barbaro and Andrew Liebowitz (60 min.). Vicki & Emily dream of love and fame... but that might not be the hand they're dealt.