Crisis at the Gas Pump! Secret Meetings with the Saudis!
George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to the Rescue??
It’s all a question of FUEL
Joseph Beck's Presidential Fantasy
at the Midtown International Theatre Festival

Elections have been won and lost over fuel; who’s got it, who can get it and who can use it to their advantage, as brilliantly shown in the world premiere of Fuel, Joseph Beck's hilarious political fantasy, beginning July 11th at the June Havoc Theatre, located at 312 West 36th Street. Directed by Terrence Montgomery, Fuel is part of the 12th annual Midtown International Theatre Festival.

With gas prices soaring, President Barack Obama has come up with a Hail Mary strategy via a secret meeting in Crawford, Texas with some gentlemen from the Middle East. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be heading the negotiations, if they can just get there on time. As voters angrily vent their frustrations, Obama is concerned about a second term, Dubya has daddy issues and Bill just wants the waitress's phone number. Meanwhile a Secret Service agent is having an emotional meltdown, the ghost of Ronald Reagan is offering advice, and Hillary is trying to focus on illegal immigration while Laura and Michelle just want to get through lunch. Can the energy crisis be solved before another oil rig explodes or Dick Cheney shoots someone else in the face?

The cast of Fuel features Julia Kwamya, Michael Blair, Michael Medori, Lindsay Arbor, Charles Uffelman, Almog Pail, Lily Cohen, Tom Watson and Patrick Murney.

Joseph Beck's plays include Thanksgiving, A Birthday Party, Don't Leave Tracks, Murderous Huntington and Saddam The Musical. He has also written three novels, over a dozen short stories and numerous published articles. His latest book, Against The Odds, is a memoir whose research took him to Miami, Panama and Costa Rica.

Terrence Montgomery has directed over twenty-five plays in New York, including the works of Chekhov, Shakespeare, Moliere, and Samuel Beckett. As an actor he has appeared off-Broadway in such productions as In the Boom Boom Room, The Zoo Story, Waiting for Godot and The Seagull. Current directing projects include the farce Problem with English by Tim McGillicuddy and the musical This Life, based on the play Hobson's Choice.

The Midtown International Theatre Festival, now in its twelfth year, celebrates the diversity of theatre. The MITF welcomes theatrical storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures, and appetites. The MITF seeks to nurture these new ideas, perspectives, and stories on its stages, with an eye set on guiding these productions toward future success and longevity. The festival, traditionally held in summer, represents a fantastic, often paradoxical, adventurous and intriguing cross-section of the forefront of the theatre world. The MITF proudly hosts production companies from across the country and around the globe, uniting talent in one of the biggest theatre capitals in the world.

John Chatterton created the MITF in 2000, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. In 2008, the Festival added two 99-seat theatres and inaugurated the Commercial Division for upwardly mobile shows with commercial ambitions. For more information, visit

Running from July 11th to July 23rd, Fuel will be performed at the June Havoc, located at 312 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) on the First Floor. Show times are Monday, July 11th at 8:30pm, Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30pm, Thursday, July 14th at 8pm, Saturday, July 16th at 8:30pm, Tuesday, July 19th at 6:30pm and Saturday, July 23rd at 6:30pm. Tickets are $18.00, $15.00 for students and seniors. Reservations: 866-811-4111 or Subway Info: Take the A, C, E, 1, 2 3 train to 34th Street.

Members of the press are invited to all performances.

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