Emileena Pedigo and the Midtown Theater Festival
July 7, 2011, 12:00 am
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There’s no imagining New York without picturing the bright, shining lights of Broadway and its polyvalent superstars. But if you live in New York long enough, the Broadway superproductions are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to theater in New York.

Although the names Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway can sound gimmicky and almost seem to imply that theater that isn’t on Broadway isn’t as good or important, it’s a much livelier scene in numerous ways.

Created by John Chatterton of the Off-Off-Broadway Review, the Midtown Theater Festival gives the spotlight to Off-Off-Broadway theater for the second half of July. And if we’re to believe Emileena Pedigo, who I spoke to for this interview just as the staff was loading into the festival venue, it’s a fully-packed concentrate of what the variety of theater in New York City. And to my surprise, the interview turned into a discussion of what it’s like to be a theater producer; it’s always fun when conversations take unexpected turns.

The Midtown Theater Festival runs from July 11th to July 31st in the different theaters at 312 W. 36th Street. For more information, visit


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