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The brand-new Rave Theater Festival will run between August 9 – 25 at Clemente Soto Veléz Cultural and Educational Center on the Lower East Side. The lineup will present a diverse selection of plays, musicals, family-friendly shows, and cross-disciplinary projects. Out of hundreds of applications, 20 shows have been selected for the inaugural festival. Among the highlights: a show written and directed by activist and vice president of the NAACP Brooklyn Branch (Sweet Lorraine), an immersive production (Noirtown), a new play presented by award-winning theater company Less Than Rent (The Tycoons!), an original musical written by a 12-year-old (The Perfect Fit), international productions from South Africa (Umshado), Ireland (Big Shot), and an all-female company of tap dancers from Australia (Girls On Tap). Among the participants in this year’s festival are several artists with Broadway credits.