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Incoming: Contemporary American Theater Festival Preview Week

Written By | Jul 4, 2014

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., July 4, 2014 – The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF) announced the “pre-launch” of its 2014 season this week. While the Festival officially opens on Friday, July 11, “pay what you can” previews of all five plays in this year’s event will take place this week beginning Sunday, July 11 and continue through Thursday evening, July 10.

According to CATF’s release,

The 2014 Preview Schedule is twice as long as previous seasons, allowing patrons to take in the entire slate of plays at a “Pay-What-You-Can” Price. There are no advance reservations to previews and tickets are sold at a first-come, first-serve basis. Box office opens one hour prior to the scheduled start-time at each play’s respective venue. Officially final dress rehearsals, all preview performances are fully produced with sets, lights, and costumes in place. Oftentimes, playwrights are still working on the plays throughout previews, with changes inserted all the way through opening night.

 




‘The Previews allow the actors, directors, designers, and writers to experience the plays with an audience for the first time—in many ways, the preview audiences dictate the final choices made for the productions before they officially open,’ said Managing Director James McNeel. ‘They also provide a wonderful opportunity for patrons to enjoy professional, high-caliber theater at whatever price they care to pay. We are committed to the CATF experience being affordable to everyone and the Previews present a terrific opportunity for this. I really hope folks will come out and take advantage of this first week of performances—and then tell their friends!’

CATF’s “pay what you can” previews are scheduled as follows, according to their release:

Sunday, July 6:

One Night by Charles Fuller at 7:00pm (Frank Center Stage)

Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson at 7:30pm (Marinoff Theater)

Tuesday, July 8:

Uncanny Valley by Thomas Gibbons at 6:00pm (Center for Contemporary Arts/I)

North of the Boulevard by Bruce Graham at 8:00pm (Frank Center Stage)

The Ashes Under Gait City by Christina Anderson at 8:30pm (Marinoff Theater)

Wednesday, July 9:



Uncanny Valley by Thomas Gibbons at 6:00pm (Center for Contemporary Arts/I)

One Night by Charles Fuller at 8:00pm (Frank Center Stage)

Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson at 8:30pm (Marinoff Theater)

Thursday, July 10:

Uncanny Valley by Thomas Gibbons at 6:00pm (Center for Contemporary Arts/I)

North of the Boulevard by Bruce Graham at 8:00pm (Frank Center Stage)

The Ashes Under Gait City by Christina Anderson at 8:30pm (Marinoff Theater)

 

For more info about Pay-What-You-Can Previews, including venue addresses and policies, contact the CATF Box Office at 800/999-2283 or visit www.catf.org.

We’ll be providing a full rundown of this year’s schedule right here later this weekend. Stay tuned.

Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Senior Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17