Dream Up Festival 2022

August 28 – September 18
AUG 28 - SEP 18



All events at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)

August 28 to September 18, 2022

For Dream Up Festival tickets, go to: http://WWW.DREAMUPFESTIVAL.ORG – $12-$20
For additional info, call the TNC box office at 212-254-1109.

Photos of selected shows: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2ZcMkQty2PfkzmxK9


From August 28 to September 18, 2022, Theater for the New City (TNC), under the direction of Crystal Field, will resume its annual Dream Up Festival, a feast of adventurous theater that had been suspended in 2020 and 2021 during the disruptions of Covid. The annual event is an ultimate new works festival, dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances.

The Festival is helmed by the theater’s Literary Manager, Michael Scott-Price. This year it offers 23 plays, 21 of which are world premieres and two of which are American premieres. Audiences will savor the excitement, awe, passion, challenge and intrigue of new plays from around the country.

Theater for the New City has consistently been the most inexpensive theater of its caliber and it continues its commitment to affordable tickets with this festival. Dream Up Festival tickets are $12-$20 for all participating productions.

The festival does not seek out traditional scripts that are presented in a traditional way. It selects works that push new ideas to the forefront, challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of how art illuminates the world around us.

Michael Scott-Price (Curator/Festival Director) 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 theater 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 an alumnus of Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Theater for the New City.

Theater for the New City (TNC) maintains a distinctive commitment to high artistic values and community service. In an effort to make theater accessible to all, TNC presents an assortment of distinct, exceptional 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 of charge to the public. (www.theaterforthenewcity.net)

Go to http://dreamupfestival.org/ for more information and full schedule


“Adolsy” written and directed by Taylor Dodd Geu

“The Arranged Matrimony” by Anwar Suleiman and directed by Barbara Schofield

“at least he didn’t die with antlers on his head!” by Tommy LeVrier, directed by Chris Sax and Mark Meir

“BrothaShakespeare” created by Keldrick Crowder and co-written and directed by S. Brian Jones.

“Carson and Huston” by Tommy LeVrier, directed by Dale Davidson

“Crescent City Rebirth” by Monique Pappas Williams, directed by Sabura Rashid

“Darkness after Night-Ukraine” written and directed by Stephan Morrow

“Directions” written and directed Patrick McEvoy

“Dollars to Doughnuts” written and directed by Susan Crawford

“Electric Serenade” written by Robert Kirkendall, directed by Laurence C. Schwartz

“Goth Opera” story by Katharine Kaspar, lyrics by Carey Burtt, choreographed by Arlee Chadwick, directed by Katharine Kaspar

“The Minotaur” written and directed by Lilian Boyd.

“Nothing But Thunder” written by Duncan Pflaster, directed by Aliza Shane

“One With the Current” written by Daniel Damiano, directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby

“Pandemonium” written by Claude Solnik, directed by Tony Chiofalo

“Protected” by Robert E. DiNardo, directed by Shela Xoregos

“Soledad” by J. E. Robinson, directed by Patricia Floyd

“Splitting My Sides” Couturier: Mr Pearl, Collaboration with: Joey Arias & Breezy Lee, Choreography by: Alex Rigg(UK) and Laura Victoria Ward(US), Costumes by: Oceanallover

“Strokes of Genius” written and directed by Prasad Paul Duffy.

“There Is No Eden” written and directed by James Henry

“Two Truths and a Lie” written by Cate Wiley, directed by Madelyn Chapman

“Verse DiVerse” written by Amy Losi, directed by Ashley Adelman

“Yellow Sun of Neptune Ave” written and directed by Denis C. Maguire


COVID Protocol:
As of September 12, 2022, all guests ages 5 and and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.

Proof of vaccination may include the NYC Vaccination Record, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID Safe App.

All patrons must be vaccinated in order to see shows. Please provide proof of vaccination before picking up tickets.

Wearing of masks is suggested in the lobby, restrooms and performance spaces at Theater for the New City, but they are not required.