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The Best Summer Theater Fests in NYC

June 26, 2018 - by Griffin Miller, Theatre Editor
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After the Tony Awards signal the end to the Broadway season, New York theater insiders rev up for the city’s annual summer smorgasbord of festivals. We have our favorite theater fests lined up here, listed alphabetically...

Corkscrew Festival (7/10 thru 8/5)
Paradise Factory, 64 E. 4th St. (corkscrewfestival.org); productions and readings by “early-career theater artists.”

creditors homeyer kubicka dream up festival

Robert Homeyer (L) and David Kubicka (R) in "Creditors" by August Strindberg, translated and directed by Robert Greer, which will be presented in Theater for the New City's 2018 Dream Up Festival. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

Dream Up Festival (8/26 thru 9/16)
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (dreamupfestival.org); a lineup of original theatrical visions embracing drama, poetry, music, and dance.

Fresh Fruit Festival (7/9 thru 7/22)
The Wild Project, 195 W. 3rd St. & other Manhattan venues (freshfruitfestival.com); highlighting LGBTQ characters or themes.

Hot Festival (7/2 thru 7/28)
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St. (dixonplace.org); the world’s longest running LGBTQ festival of theatre and other performing arts.

Ice Factory Festival 2018 (6/27 thru 8/11)
New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St. (NewOhioTheatre.org); seven bizarrely wonderful new works.Dani Shay in "The Civility of Albert Cashier" by Jay Paul Deratany. Composed by Joe Stevens and Keaton Wooden. Playing at the New York Musical Festival.

Dani Shay in "The Civility of Albert Cashier" by Jay Paul Deratany. Composed by Joe Stevens and Keaton Wooden. Playing at the New York Musical Festival at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row. Photo by Cole Simon.

New York Musical Festival (7/9 thru 8/5)                                                              Acorn Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. (NYMF.org); stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals.

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (7/9 thru 8/5)
The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St. (planetconnections.org); premiering more than 50 plays and musicals written by the next generation of playwrights.

Second Annual Speak Up, Rise Up Storytelling Festival (8/6 thru 8/12)
The Tank, 312, W. 36th St., 4th Fl. (speakupriseup.com); storytelling workshops and 45 shows: a diverse group of 100+ artists, the majority women.

She NYC Summer Theater Festival (7/5 thru 7/15)
The Connelly Theatre, 220 E. 4th St. (shenycarts.org); 13 new full-length plays and musicals by women writers.

Summerfest 2018 (7/9 thru 8/26)
Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 W. 26th St. (newyorktheaterfestival.com); the summer edition of an award-conferring playwriting fest.

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