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Contemporary American Theater Festival rescheduled to July 2021

For the past thirty years, the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, has produced and developed new plays in...
'Ushuaia Blue' playwright Caridad Svich. Photo courtesy of Contemporary American Theater Festival.

Contemporary American Theater Festival hosts season announcement online

Shepherdstown, WV: For the past decade, the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University has hosted a Shepherdstown Sneak Peek. Originally scheduled to be...
L-R: Juan Arturo, Chris Thorn, Scott Aiello, and Ken Robinson in 'Support Group for Men' at Contemporary American Theater Festival. Photo by Seth Freeman.

Review: ‘Support Group for Men’ by Ellen Fairey at Contemporary American Theater Festival

Given the seemingly endless parade of creeps and pervs we see in the news every day, it might seem surprising that a woman would...
Kate Udall and Wade McCollum in 'A Welcome Guest' at Contemporary American Theater Festival. Photo by Seth Freeman.

Review: ‘A Welcome Guest: A Psychotic Fairy Tale’ by Michael Weller at Contemporary American...

Eat your heart out, Christmas Carol. Hang up your dancing shoes, Nutcracker. Change the channel on reruns of It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s Christmas...
Antonio Edwards Suarez in 'Antonio's Song/I Was Dreaming of a Son' at Contemporary American Theater Festival. Photo by Seth Freeman.

Review: ‘Antonio’s Song/I Was Dreaming of a Son’ by Dael Orlandersmith and Antonio Edwards...

The Antonio in question is Antonio Edwards Suarez, the writer (with Dael Orlandersmith) and actor in this one-man autobiographical piece, part of the Contemporary...

Review: ‘My Lord, What a Night’ by Deborah Brevoort at Contemporary American Theater Festival

My Lord, What a Night, a new play by Deborah Brevoort at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, explores the relationship...
Julia Coffey as Victoria and Chris Thorn as John in 'Wrecked' at Contemporary American Theater Festival. Photo by Seth Freeman Photography.

Review: ‘Wrecked’ by Greg Kalleres at Contemporary American Theater Festival

Ah, the perfect relationship – not yours, of course, never yours. I’m talking about the one that other couple has; you know who I’m...
Ephraim Binney as Chester Bailey in the world premiere of 'Chester Bailey' at Contemporary American Theater Festival. Photo by Seth Freeman Photography.

Review: ‘Chester Bailey’ by Joseph Dougherty at Contemporary American Theater Festival

One of the true gems at this July’s Contemporary American Theatre Festival (CATF) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia is the East Coast premiere of Joseph...

Review: ‘The House on the Hill’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival

Aficionados of ancient tragedy will tell you that the main difference between the Romans and the Greeks was that the Romans –Seneca, especially—loved their...

Review: ‘Memoirs of a Forgotten Man’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival

Let’s stop for a moment to consider how much of the grey matter we’ve got upstairs, between those infernal ears, is dedicated to memory. ...
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The Ultimate Guide to Shepherdstown for the Contemporary American Theater Festival

by Allison Considine Ready for your next summer adventure or weekend getaway? Each July, the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, presents new...

Review: ‘Thirst’ at The Contemporary American Theater Festival

Dystopias can be off-putting places, for those in search of more traditional fictional locales. Why would you want to begin your story in a...

Review: ‘A Late Morning (In America) With Ronald Reagan’ at the Contemporary American...

Truth be known, there is much about Ronald Reagan that is eminently unlikeable: his shameless embrace of the southern, “State’s Rights” strategy, his contempt...

Review: ‘Berta, Berta’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival

“The past is never dead.  It’s not even past.” --William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun. Of the many great moments in the late August Wilson’s Twentieth...
Erika Rolfsrud in Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake. Photo courtesy of CATF.

Review: ‘The Cake’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival

The Contemporary American Theatre Festival is off to a rocking start, and with the local premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s ripped-from-the-Supreme-Court-blotter comedy The Cake, the...

What To Expect From This Year’s Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF)

Ah, summer – that fabled time of fireflies and lemonade stands, seersucker suits with wilting collars, tubing along a quiet stream, and of course...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Welcome to Fear City’

Fear City is the South Bronx in July 1977. There is nothing particularly unique about that July in that year in that place. Fear, it...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Everything Is Wonderful’

The Amish with their horse and buggy, 19th century culture; their simple, old world uniforms and habits; their infamous Rumspringa where the teenage Amish...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘The Niceties’

Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties is a political play that takes the gloves off. It's bare knuckled and it's bloody, though no bones are broken...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Byhalia, Mississippi’

Evan Linder‘s Byhalia, Mississippi pulls theatre-goers into familiar territory: the "white trash" world of Laurel and Jim. Once there, however, the unfamiliar takes shape:...