Jul 9, 2010 - Aug 1, 2010
Theater Festival at Shepherd University
PO Box 3210
Shepherdstown, WEST VIRGINIA 25443
Contact phone: 1-800-999-2283
Contact phone 2: 304-876-3473
Web site: http://www.catf.org
Contemporary American Theater Festival
Announcing the 2010 Twentieth Anniversary Season!
Breadcrumbs by Jennifer Haley
Alida is a reclusive writer of fiction slowly losing her memories. Reluctantly, she has come to depend upon a young caregiver to complete her final book - an autobiography. Delving into the dark woods of her past, the two women wrestle over the nature of language, loneliness, and the essential self. In this CATF World Premiere, Jennifer Haley has created a poetic play resonating with wry humor, compassion and empathy.
The Eelwax Jesus 3-D Pop Music Show
Enter the eclectically furnished, highly sanitized, socially isolated Group Home where residents are fed a daily dose of the charismatic Mr. Shine. Is this Corporate-controlled broadcast protecting or distracting them from the outside world plagued by Swine Flu and cameras in the sky? This CATF World Premiere combines toe-tapping songs with offbeat characters and a variety of kitsch. Max Baker and Lee Sellars' fun funky musical event presents a wryly skewed vision of our anxiety-filled world.
Inana by Michele Lowe
On the eve of the US invasion of Baghdad, one man, an Iraqi museum curator, plots to save the statue of Inana, Goddess of War, from destruction by the invaders. Fleeing to London with his young bride, he makes a life-altering deal to ensure the statue's preservation. Michele Lowe opens a window of hope and healing with her poignant love story amidst a background of international, and personal, intrigue.
Lidless by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
15 years after being released from Guantanamo Bay, Bashir walks into the shop of Alice, his former US interrogator. He's tracked Alice down and wants her to know the emotional and spiritual pain she inflicted upon him. With her past brought to light, how does she explain her actions to her teenage daughter? Can Alice protect her from the truth? Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig delivers an extraordinary portrayal of one woman's experience with the "War on Terror" and her struggle to find peace and healing.
White People by J.T. Rogers
What does it mean to be a white American? What does it mean for any American to live in a country that is not the one you were promised? WHITE PEOPLE by J.T. Rogers is a controversial and darkly funny play about the lives of three ordinary Americans placed under the spotlight. Martin, a Brooklyn-born high powered attorney for a white-shoe law firm in St. Louis, MO; Mara Lynn, a housewife and former homecoming queen in Fayetteville, NC; and Alan, a young professor struggling to find his way in New York City. Through heart-wrenching confessions, they wrestle with guilt, prejudice, and the price they and their children must pay for their actions. WHITE PEOPLE is a candid, brutally honest meditation on race and language in our culture.