Sunday, June 30, 2013

The CATF returns to Shepherdstown

The Contemporary American Theater Festival returns to Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia for their 23rd season starting July 5th and running through July 28th. This season the festival features five plays and three of them are World Premieres.

The first play is A Discourse on The Wonders of the Invisible World is a World Premiere by Liz Duffy Adams. Set in New England in 1702, this play features the Puritans and an appearance by the Devil himself. Kent Nicholson directs the play that features Broadway actors Cassie Beck, Rod Brogan, and Joey Collins. The cast is rounded out by Becky Byers, Susannah Hoffman and Gerardo Rodriguez.

Here is an invite to the 2010 CATF by the founder Ed Herendeen, the promo still fits for 2013...

Ed directs John Kern's  Modern Terrorism, Or They Who Want to Kill Us and 
How We Learn to Love Them. Below is a sneak peak from an earlier production...

Jane Martin's H2O is another World Premiere, this one is directed by Jon Jory. The play takes place in a brand new 90-seat intimate setting theatre at Shepherd University and stars Dianne Mair and  Alex Podulke.

Ed Herendeen also directs noted playwright Sam Shepard's latest play Heartless. Cassie Beck and Susannah Hoffman are in this cast. They will be joined by Broadway actor Michael Cullen, Kathleen Butler 
and film, television, stage star Robyn Cohen.

Here is a promo for an other production of Heartless

Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah is another World Premiere and this one will be truely special as it is directed by the playwright Mark St. Germain. The play features a Broadway cast of Rod Brogan, Joey Collins, and Angela Pierce. It sounds like a play that a theatre lover would hate to miss!

Here is my review of last year's festival.

Tickets, showtimes and more information can be found at the Festival's website. Take the short drive from Baltimore and Washington to West Virginia's Oldest Town beautifully located on the Potomac River.

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