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The best summer theater festivals in NYC

Sample a smorgasbord of new works at NYMF, Ice Factory and New York City’s many other summer theater festivals

Photograph: Courtesy Bryan CashDead Brains (Planet Connections Theater Festivity)

It’s festival time! Broadway takes an annual summer vacation after the rush of the Tony Awards, with only a trickle of new shows until the fall, and most major Off Broadway companies catch their breaths for a few weeks, too. But theater abhors a vacuum, so festivals rush to fill it with less expensive offerings. Some are rigorously curated, like the New York Musical Festival and Ice Factory; others are aimed more at beginners. Take some time to look through their offerings; somewhere among these dozens of shows, there’s bound to be something just right for you.

Summer Theater Festivals in New York City

Ice Factory

Ice Factory

 Recommended

In the helter-skelter of summer theater festivals, the cool curatorial heads of Ice Factory always provide a welcome breeze. For the fest’s 25th anniversary, New Ohio artistic director Robert Lyons has invited distinguished alums to serve as guest curators. Each show runs for a single week.

New Ohio Theatre , West Village Until Saturday August 18 2018
HOT! Festival

HOT! Festival

Escape your humdrum black-and-white life for the many shades of gay at Dixon Place’s estimable annual festival of all things same-sex. The centerpiece of the 2018 edition is Timothy DuWhite’s Neptune (July 13–28), a solo piece about life and love as a black, gay and HIV-positive man.

Dixon Place , Lower East Side Saturday July 28 2018′
The New York Musical Festival

The New York Musical Festival

NYMFomaniacs, rejoice! The impressive annual feast of new musical theater takes over multiple venues on 42nd Street for its 15th annual edition. Selections include more than 30 productions, readings, concerts and other events. Buried treasure could lie anywhere, so dig around.

Various locations Until Sunday August 5 2018
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
Fresh Fruit Festival

Fresh Fruit Festival

All Out Arts presents its 16th annual LGBTQ arts fest, featuring short plays, full-length works and solo shows. Among the offerings are a closeted World War II romance, an anything-goes sex comedy and a modern lesbian twist on the Persephone myth.

 Mon Jul 9 – Sun Jul 22
The Trans Theatre Festival

The Trans Theatre Festival

The Brick presents the sophomore edition of its festival of theater works chosen by and featuring the work of transgender artists. The lineup includes 10 pieces, running for one to three performances each.

 Mon Jul 9 – Sun Jul 22

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Corkscrew Theater Festival

Corkscrew Theater Festival

Offerings at the second edition of this festival include five premieres by early-career artists, presented in rep, as well as four one-performance readings.

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