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Local theater group INTAR took their productions to the street (and the paint store and the basketball court and the butcher shop) last night. MicroTEATRO Festival was staged at some pretty unusual Hell’s Kitchen venues to 100% capacity audiences (the capacity was 4 people). Here are our pictures of the 8:15pm performances at 6 venues last night.

Looking through the window at the Sonny’s 10th Avenue Meat Market performance. All Photos: Phil O’Brien.
Actors performing Unfinished Stories at The 52nd Street Project.
Housing Conservation Coordinators on 10th Avenue hosting a performance in their lobby.
The back of a van was the stage outside INTAR’s home on W52nd Street.
Epstein’s Paint Center hosted a performance of a short play called Epstein’s Paint.
The performance of Foul Shots on the Police Athletic League basketball court.

INTAR artistic director Lou Moreno explained the idea behind the mini-festival to American Theatre: “We can’t really produce in our space right now. So instead of not doing anything, [we said] let’s do something different, let’s get audiences comfortable going to theatre again. Let’s just do weird things in small amounts and get them excited.” 

Ardesia Wine Bar is serving as ticket pick-up hub for the event – and is offering $2 off any wine of draft beer by the glass to ticketholders. INTAR managing director Paul Slee Rodriguez said “Our first instinct was, how do we help the restaurant on the block that’s been so good to us? So we just built ideas around that.”

Locations for the performances are Sonny’s 10th Avenue Meat Market, Police Athletic League, William J. Duncan Center, Epstein’s Paint Center, Housing Conservation Coordinators and The 52nd Street Project. The cast for each work is limited to up to 3 actors and the plays is presented to a small audience of 4 members, in keeping with space/COVID restrictions.

There are still chances to get your tickets for the 10-minute plays tonight; Thursday, June 24; and Friday, June 25. with performances at 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm and 9:45pm each night.

Tickets are just $5 per play, with a four-play package at $20 per person. For all tickets and information go to www.intartheatre.org. The ticket hub for pick up is Ardesia Wine Bar at 510 W52nd Street (between 10/11th Ave).

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