Dreaming Up a Great Theater Festival In NYC

From August 8 to September 5, Theater for the New City (TNC), under the direction of Crystal Field, Artistic Director, will present its first “Dream Up Festival,” a theater festival of plays from artists across the country and abroad. It is curated by the theater’s Literary Manager, Michael Scott-Price.

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

IT AIN’T NO SIN- It Ain’t No Sin by Michael Patrick F. Smith, written by Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith, directed by Meghan Finn, designed by Sarah Seely, will be presented August 8 to 15 in Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival. L-R: Ben Jaeger-Thomas, Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith, Julie Turner. Photo by Victoria Rimerman.

The Festival opens up Theater for the New City to artists from the country at large and to artists from overseas. Both Ms. Field and Mr. Scott-Price feel it is especially important for the world to know of these artists, whose work needs to be done and needs to be seen. These include emerging writers, whose work will likely become an important contribution to American culture and which is already stimulating and enlightening. There are also mid-career artists whose work is already of great importance and should be viewed by the public, even in a time of declining donations to the arts, when grants not being awarded due to market conditions and there are arts funding cuts on almost every level all across the country and abroad.

Tickets prices range from $12 to $15 (roughly the cost of a movie). Audiences will have the opportunity to view most of the productions at least five times.

Theater for the New City maintains a unique commitment to high artistic standards and community service. In an effort to make theater accessible to all, TNC traditionally sponsors a variety of distinctive, unique events each year, including the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, which celebrates the artistic and cultural diversity of TNC’s Lower East Side community; an annual Village Halloween Ball and an annual summer Street Theater tour that presents a free, live, original musical in thirteen neighborhoods in all five boroughs. Most of these are free to the public.

THE DUDLEYS!- Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival will present The Dudleys! by Leegrid Stevens, directed by Matt Torney, August 22 to 30. Liam Torres in LMCC Swing Space Workshop of the play. Photo by Paul Rondeau.

The Dream Up Festival staff includes TNC’s Executive Director, Crystal Field; the Festival Director/Curator, Michael Scott-Price and TNC’s Administrator, Jonathan Weber. The Festival’s lighting designer is Alexander Bartenieff. Technical director is Richard Reta. Festival Publicist is Jonathan Slaff. Production director is Mark Marcante.

THE DYBBUK- The Dybbuk by Julia Pascal (England) will have its American premiere in Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival from August 10 to 25. L-R. Philippe Smolikowski, Nicky Marcus, Juliet Dante, Kate Beswick, Stefan Karsberg. Photo courtesy of Pascal Theatre Company.

Michael Scott-Price (Festival Director/Curator of Dream Up Festival) has directed in New York City at venues including Chashama, Dixon Place and Collective Unconscious. He has written and directed productions that were presented nationally as well as in Canada, Ireland, and England. Currently, he is also Curator of TNC’s “New City, New Blood” reading series and “Scratch Night” (works-in-progress). He is Artistic Director of an experimental theatre company, Asteroid B612 Theatre Company, which made its debut in the 17th Annual HERE American Living Room Series in August 2006. He has studied at the School of Physical Theatre in London, England, at the Odin Teatret in Hostelbro, Denmark and in the International School Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) in Wroclaw, Poland with Eugenio Barba and company. He is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab.

For more info and a listing of the plays to be presented, go to: www.dreamupfestival.org.

For online ticketing, visit the above or go to the theater’s website, www.theaterforthenewcity.net. The box office number for more information (or reservations) is 212-254-1109.

Theater for the New City is located at 155 First Avenue, at the corner of East Tenth Street, in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village. Its neighborhood boasts a high concentration of affordable and delicious eating spots.