Everything Must Go!


"We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice."
-- Dr. Samuel Johnson

Dear Friend of the Theatre,
As part of the downsizing of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, we are offering our considerable stock of rehearsal cubes, folding chairs, folding tables, and blacks for sale to the theatre community. We will consider all offers but reserve the right to accept any or none. The following list is fairly comprehensive, but there may be some variations due to inventory shrinkage. 

(All numbers are approximate)
Item                                                             Quantity
Rehearsal cubes (from 18x18x18 - 24x24x24)     35
Blacks (var. lengths; 5' width)                              6
Folding tables (like card tables)                            8
Folding chairs                                                   20
Boca high-speed ticket printer                              1

Here are the rules for this transfer of property:
1. You have to choose all or nothing in each category. If you get too many cubes, tables, or whatever, it's your problem to get rid of the excess. Our motto is, Everything must go!
2. You have to figure out how much you want to pay for everything in a category. Adding up all the categories you want gives you the total price we expect you to pay.
3. Be prepared to pay a deposit of 10% of your total, by PayPal and in advance.
4. If a category ends up having less items than listed above (say, 30 instead of 35 cubes), we'll prorate the price accordingly. If there are more items then advertised, you get the excess for free (whether you want them or not).
5. Bring a vehicle to the storage space to pick up your stuff.
6. We'll bring the items out of the storage unit for a brief inspection. Then cash changes hands, and the items take off on their next spin around the universe. 
7. All items are offered as-is, where-is. Please don't ask us to follow up with maintenance issues.
To sign up for all or some of this priceless theatrical inventory, just send me an Email listing the categories you want to bid on and how much you want to spend. We'll let you know if we want to sell them to you, then set up a date when we can empty the storage unit and move on. BE PREPARED TO PAYPAL US A DEPOSIT OF 10% OF THE AMOUNT YOU OWE. IF YOU DON'T SHOW UP ON AUCTION DAY, YOU LOSE YOUR DEPOSIT AND WE GET RID OF YOUR DESIRED EQUIPMENT THE QUICKEST WAY WE CAN -- IN THE DUMPSTER (or maybe to another bidder, if they want your stuff). Feel free to copy/paste the table below into your Email, then fill in the blanks.

Send your Email offer to john.chatterton@gmail.com. We'll be in touch.

Name: _______________________________________________

Company: ____________________________________________

Email: _______________________________________________


Category                                                        Price offered

Cubes                                                             ____________

Blacks                                                             ____________

Tables                                                             ____________

Chairs                                                             ____________

Boca Printer                                                    ____________

TOTAL                                                             ____________

We look forward to hearing from you.

John Chatterton
Executive Producer, MITF

John Chatterton Presents
MITF, 47 Avenue A, #10, New York, NY 10009

Awards logo

Congratulations to all
MITF Summer 2017
Award Winners!

Best Playwright for a Short Subject:
Jason Paris Locker Room Talk

Best Playwright for a Full-Length or Musical:
Tony Sportiello The Bet

Best Playwright for a Solo Show:
Richie McCall Me and Stepin’
Best Director for a Short Subject:
Jen Yip Difficult Transition
Best Director for a Solo Show:
Pharah Jean-Philippe Platform Griot
Best Director for a Full-length or Musical:
Tom Herman The Bet
Best Actress in a Short Subject:
Mariana Genesio Pena Difficult Transition
Best Actress in a Solo Show:
Yarina Gurtner Emma’s Bliss
Best Actress in a Full-length or Musical:
Dana Aber The Bet
Best Actor in a Short Subject:
Avery Bagenstos Locker Room Talk: A Liberal Fantasy
Best Actor in a Solo Show:
Richie McCall Me and Stepin’
Best Actor in a Full-length or Musical:
Matt Haas The Princess, the Cow, and the
Corn Maze

Best Solo Show:
Me and Stepin’
Best Production:
Best Lighting Design:
McKenna Biedebach The Angels Will Let You Fall
Best Sound Design:
Lukas Thöni and Brandon Reilly Emma’s Bliss
Best Ensemble:
One More Fine Day
Best Musical Director:
C. Colby Sachs The Princess, the Cow, and
the Corn Maze

Best Music:
Richard D. Russell It Takes a Rainbow
Best Lyrics:
Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Paradise
Will Ogmundson
Best Variety Act:
Derek Hood Singing Standards
Best Supporting Actress:
Rose Kosciuszek Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Paradise
Best Supporting Actor:
Pierre Gonzalez Showtime
Best Costumes:
The Water Carriers
Best Choreographer:
Pim Van Amerongen The Bet
Best Set Design:
It Takes a Rainbow
Best Staged Reading:
Second Banana


MITF is Closing its Doors for the Foreseeable Future

Curtain*"Coming Back to a Theatre Near You!"

MITF is Saying Goodbye (For Now)

Dear Friend in the Theatre, 

On looking back over 18 seasons of the MITF, I have many memories, most of them good, some not so much, and some hilarious. But I've had some reverses in recent years that have forced me to hang up the gloves. Hence, this retirement memo.
When you get to be 71, you accumulate a few dings on your person -- with some people, more dings than others, some dings going deeper than others. When you start to feel like my first car, a '65 Dodge Dart (this was in '79), you know it's time to re-evaluate your priorities.
The financial situation has also grown more parlous. When I started the MITF (in 2000), I was making $65 an hour as a tech writer on Wall Street. Now I'm on Social Security. I can no longer underwrite the Festival budget out of my own pocket.
(A few years ago I moved back to Massachusetts, for personal reasons, and the strains of commuting to NYC also take their toll.)
The last straw was recent lawsuit. It was one of those cases where you're damned if you win and damned if you lose, because either way you have to pay legal costs.
I have lots of energy and ideas left. Also an increasing urge to travel the world, starting with a farewell tour (in a much better car) down the East Coast to Florida. So, as the Governator said, "I'll be b-a-a-a-c-k!"
Thank you, New York, for giving my life meaning for 24 years. Thank you for the opportunity to serve that occasionally fickle muse, the Theatre, in all the roles I've experienced. Good luck and God bless. We'll be in touch!

John Chatterton
Executive Producer, MITF