Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF)

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

Chisa Hutchinson' The Wedding Gift takes its audience into a fascinating world: an exotic "paradise" where matriarchy rules and the white / black power...

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

Ronan Noone’s The Second Girl received its second chance opening at the Contemporary American Theater Festival last weekend and, like its hardscrabble characters, it’s...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘Not Medea’

Bags and umbrella in hands, a young woman arrives late for the theater, apologizing profusely and comically all the while. She notices the “live” caged...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘20th Century Blues’

Susan Miller’s 20th Century Blues, which opened last weekend at Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Festival, speaks right from the heart of successful, east coast boomer women. Four 60-something women...

Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘pen/man/ship’

The Contemporary American Theater Festival opened Friday, July 8, 2016, for the 26th time: five new plays with five new stories to tell. In Chistina Anderson’s pen/man/ship at the in-the-round...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights Interviews: Part 5: Chisa Hutchinson...

Here is Part 5 of 5 in a series of interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative...

Spine: The 26th Contemporary American Theater Festival: Ed Herendeen’s 26th Snapshot...

The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is approaching its second quarter of a century of new American plays....

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights Interviews: Part 3: Allison Gregory...

Here is Part 3 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Allison...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights’ Interviews: Part 2: Christina Anderson...

Here is Part 2 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Christina Anderson and learn...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights Interviews: Part 4: Ronan Noone...

Here is Part 4 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Ronan...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights Interviews: Part 1: Susan Miller...

Here is Part 1 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Susan...

Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Announces Its 2016 Line-Up of Plays

CATF ANNOUNCES ITS 2016 LINE-UP OF PLAYS To take place in rotating repertory July 8 – 31, 2016 Featuring new plays from Christina Anderson, Allison Gregory,...

‘World Builders’ by Forum Theatre at Woolly Mammoth

I first saw Johnna Adams's World Builders this summer, when it premiered at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I was...

Spine: Review of ‘On Clover Road’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival

A mother has lost her child to a cult; its leader has taken her as his divine bride. A de-programmer, whose own child died...

Spine: Review of ‘We Are Pussy Riot’ at Contemporary American Theater...

Pussy Riot, punk truth tellers and guitar playing agitators and feminist rabble rousers who stood up to the Russian State and its Church affiliates...

Spine: Review of ‘World Builders’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival

We are all populated by the images of main stream culture. Whether you’re 80 and still want Sam to play it again, or 50...

Spine: Review of ‘Everything You Touch’ at the Contemporary American Theater...

Beauty culture is a mess; fashion culture is the messiest, starving the human body, while forcing it into impossibly harsh postures, all in the...

Spine: Review of ‘The Full Catastrophe’ at the Contemporary American Theater...

Michael Weller’s The Full Catastrophe, based on a novel by David Carkeet, is a comedy, a comedy about marriage and those longing for marriage....

The Playwright’s Playground – The Playmakers CATF 2015: Part 4: Playwright...

This Special Edition of The Playwright’s Playground begins ‘The Playmaker Series: CATF 2015.’ In a series of in depth conversations, I speak with the...

The Playwright’s Playground – The Playmakers CATF 2015: Part 3: Director...

This Special Edition of The Playwright’s Playground begins ‘The Playmaker Series: CATF 2015.’ In a series of in depth conversations, I speak with the...