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Opening night nears for theater festival

July 10, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The new play's the thing at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.

For the 13th year, four new works of American theater will be presented at Shepherd College.

The festival also includes lectures, discussions, staged readings of two new plays, music by the ARDO Consort and composer Byron Petty and a showcase of the talents of the annual event's interns and apprentices.

Under-the-Tent lectures will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 12, 19 and 26, and Aug. 2, on the front lawn of the Frank Center for the Creative Arts.

In the first session, "A Conversation with the Playwrights," CATF founder and Producing Director Ed Herendeen will lead a discussion with festival playwrights Lee Blessing, Eric Coble, Deborah Zoe Laufer and Erin Cressida Wilson.

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Admission is free.

  • In "The Last Schwartz," a comedy written by Deborah Zoe Laufer and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, a traditional family gathering becomes the occasion for telling truths and revealing secrets.

    All performances at Studio Theater:

    • Friday, July 11 - 8:30 p.m. Opening night

    • Saturday, July 12 - 2:30 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 13 - 7:30 p.m.

    • Thursday, July 17 - 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

    • Saturday, July 19 - 8:30 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 20 - 2:30 p.m.

    • Wednesday, July 23 - 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Evening performance followed by a discussion.

    • Friday, July 25 - 8:30 p.m.

    • Saturday, July 26 - 2:30 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 27 - 7:30 p.m.

    • Thursday, July 31 - 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

    • Saturday, Aug. 2 - 8:30 p.m.

    • Sunday, Aug. 3 - 2:30 p.m.


  • Friday, July 11, also will be opening night for "Whores," by award-winning playwright Lee Blessing. The play, directed by Ed Herendeen, is Blessing's fictionalized dramatization of the rape and murder of three American nuns and a Catholic lay worker by soldiers in 1980 in El Salvador.

    All performances at Frank Center Stage:

    • Friday, July 11 - 8 p.m. Opening night

    • Saturday, July 12 - 2 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 13 - 7 p.m.

    • Thursday, July 17 - 8 p.m. Followed by a discussion.

    • Saturday, July 19 - 8 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 20 - 2 p.m.

    • Wednesday, July 23 - 8 p.m.

    • Friday, July 25 - 8 p.m.

    • Saturday, July 26 - 2 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 27 - 7 p.m.

    • Thursday, July 31 - 8 p.m.

    • Saturday, Aug. 2 - 8 p.m.

    • Sunday, Aug. 3 - 2 p.m.


  • "Bright Ideas," written by Eric Coble, directed by Ed Herendeen, tells the darkly comic story of a couple on the edge of "the ultimate parental success: the golden preschool."

    All performances at Frank Center Stage:

    • Today - 8 p.m. Pay-what-you-can preview

    • Saturday, July 12 - 8 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 13 - 2 p.m.

    • Wednesday, July 16 - 8 p.m. Followed by a discussion.

    • Friday, July 18 - 8 p.m.

    • Saturday, July 19 - 2 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 20 - 7 p.m.

    • Thursday, July 24 - 8 p.m.

    • Saturday, July 26 - 8 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 27 - 2 p.m.

    • Wednesday, July 30 - 8 p.m.

    • Friday, Aug. 1 - 8 p.m.

    • Saturday, Aug. 2 - 2 p.m.

    • Sunday, Aug. 3 - 7 p.m.


  • "Wilder," CATF's first musical, will preview today at 8:30 p.m. Written by Erin Cressida Wilson and directed by Lisa Portes, the intimate piece is the story of a boy who hits puberty while living in a Depression-era bordello.

    All performances at Studio Theater:

    • Today - 8:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-can preview

    • Saturday, July 12 - 8:30 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 13 - 2:30 p.m.

    • Wednesday, July 16 - 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

    • Friday, July 18 - 8:30 p.m.

    • Saturday, July 19 - 2:30 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 20 - 7:30 p.m.

    • Thursday, July 24 - 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Evening performance followed by a discussion.

    • Saturday, July 26 - 8:30 p.m.

    • Sunday, July 27 - 2:30 p.m.

    • Wednesday, July 30 - 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

    • Friday, Aug. 1 - 8:30 p.m.

    • Saturday, Aug. 2 - 2:30 p.m.

    • Sunday, Aug. 3 - 7:30 p.m.


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