Theater Goodies At Int Fest In New Haven

 New Haven Mayor Toni Harp at festival kick-off.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp at festival kick-off.

What’s new: Line-up announced for New Haven’s 21st annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas from June 3 to 24.

Top Act on the Green: The Wailers, the Festival's first reggae headliner on June 24.

Of note: Transition season. Longtime exec director Mary Lou Aleskie exits as search for successor continues. Chad Herzog is interim co-executive director

Not helping: New lineup reflects financial hit the festival had in terms of state budget cut. But never-the-less an impressive and creative line-up.

Ticketed theater events include:  "(BE)LONGING,” featuring locally cast singers, beatboxers, and hip-hop artists, in a work by Byron Au Yong & Aaron Jafferis presented in association with Long Wharf Theatre June 17 and 18, 2 p.m. at
Long Wharf Theatre ($20/$35/$55).

What else?:  World Premiere of “The End of TV,” by the cutting-edge/retro-tech company Manual Cinema June 19 to 22, at8 p.m. at
University Theatre. ($35/$55)

Any music theater?:  Yale Institute for Music Theatre presented in association with Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre -has three shows to workshop on June 23 & 24 at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. at Off Broadway Theater ($25) 

For the community-minded: “We Are Citizens” by New York’s Theatre of the Oppressed on June 21, 5:30 and 8 p.m. at Bregamos Theater, 491 Blatchley Avenue ($25) It’s the culmination of a three-day intensive New Haven residency with the theater company whose mission is to partner with communities facing discrimination.

And of course the cirque show: LEO’s “The Anti-Gravity Show” on June 23, 8 p.m. andJune 24, noon and3 p.m. at University Theatre ($35/$55)