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NYC's Summer Theater Festivals

Dream Up Festival (dreamupfestival.org) - Theater for the New City’s annual assemblage of original drama, poetry, music, and dance (8/18-9/8).

East to Edinburgh Festival (59e59.org) - A roster of 16 innovative U.S. productions en route to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (7/9-28).

Encores! Off-Center (nycitycenter.org) - The Cradle Will Rock (7/10-13); Violet, starring Sutton Foster (7/17 only); and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (7/24-27).

Fresh Fruit Festival (freshfruitfestival.com) - A multidisciplinary international festival of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer arts and culture (7/8-21).

HOT! The 22nd Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture (hotfestival.org) - From burlesque to dance to cabaret to theater and more (7/1-8/3).

IATI Theater’s Performing Arts Marathon (iatitheater.org) - An eclectic group of performances, both comedic and dramatic: enthralling works from vastly different cultures. (7/19-8/11).

Ice Factory 2013 (newohiotheatre.org) - Showcasing NYC’s vibrant downtown theatre companies’ latest projects (6/26 to 8/3).

Lincoln Center Festival 2013 (lincolncenterfestival.org) - An international banquet of four productions: Monkey: Journey to the West (7/6-28); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (7/9-14); Shun-kin (7/9-13); and Murmurs (7/24-28).

Midtown International Theatre Festival (midtownfestival.org) - Sixty full-length plays, showcasing outstanding Off-Off-Broadway works (7/15-8/4).

New York International Fringe Festival (fringenyc.org) - The largest multi-arts festival in North America with more than 200 companies performing over 16 days in myriad venues (8/9-25).

New York Musical Theatre Festival (nymf.org) - Eleven new full-length productions, free events, staged readings and panel discussions (7/8-28).

The Other Free Shakespeare in the Park (hudsonwarehouse.net) - Riverside Park, that is. King Lear (7/4-28); The Three Musketeers (8/1-25).

The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park (shakespeareinthepark.org) - Central Park’s Delacorte Theater’s second and final show of the season: Love’s Labour’s Lost (7/23-8/18).

Strawberry One-Act Festival Summer 2013 (therianttheatre.com) - A play competition allowing both audience and judges to vote on best play of the season (8/14-25).

SummerShorts 2013 (summershortsfestival.com) - New American short plays from established and emerging writers (7/19-8/31).

About the Author

City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. She currently is the theatre editor for all NYMetroParents publications. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times.

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