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Actress Molly Carden.

CATF’s ‘On Clover Road’: Where’s the hero in this thriller?

SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia, July 16, 2015 – You’re a beleaguered single mom. Your only child, a daughter, ran away from home years ago. Now you’ve discovered she’s been brainwashed by a disreputable religious cult. Your next step: You hire a deprogrammer to save her. But what if everyone involved in the ensuing adventure, including you ...

CATF 2015: West Virginia festival debuts 5 American dramas

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va., July 12, 2014 – In a CDN tradition that goes back to 2002, we’ve just concluded our annual summer weekend visit to Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The object: to review all five new or nearly-new American dramas debuting during the opening weekend of the Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF), which is staged annually ...

Summer Season: Contemporary American Theater Festival

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., April 5, 2015 – When it comes to presenting brand new or nearly-new theatrical productions to the extended D.C. Metropolitan area, the Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) in (relatively) nearby Shepherdstown, W.Va., is right up there with the District’s renowned Arena Stage. Read also: Incoming: Performing arts Summer Season announcements This year’s four-week summer ...

Entryway, Contemporary Arts Center, Shepherd University home of CATF. (Via Wikipedia)

CATF 2014: Five new plays, five new reviews this week on CDN

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va., July 14, 2014 – We’ve just finished a frenetic weekend viewing all five of the brand new to nearly new plays at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, an increasingly well-known annual professional theater program held each July at Shepherd University in (relatively) nearby Shepherdstown, West (by God) Virginia. As has been our ...

CATF to open drama season Friday at Shepherd University

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., July 9, 2014 – The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) launches its 24th season Friday, July 11, featuring five new American plays, including three world premieres. This year’s featured playwrights include Christina Anderson, Charles Fuller (1982 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama), Thomas Gibbons, Bruce Graham, and Chisa Hutchinson. Running this year through August ...

Incoming: Contemporary American Theater Festival Preview Week

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 ...