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Synopses and schedule of events

July 08, 2004

"Homeland Security"


A 32-year-old American doctor of Indian descent and his American girlfriend are detained at O'Hare airport when they return home from a vacation in Amsterdam. Playwright Stuart Flack asks if trust and tolerance can exist in a post-Sept. 11, 2001, world.

"Homeland Security" features original live music composed and performed by Fareed Haque and Kalyan Pathak.

All performances take place at Frank Center Stage:

  • Friday, July 9 - 8 p.m. Followed by opening night reception on Frank Center lawn

  • Saturday, July 10 - 2 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 11 - 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 15 - 8 p.m., followed by a discussion

  • Saturday, July 17 - 8 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 18 - 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 21 - 8 p.m.

  • Friday, July 23 - 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 24 - 2 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 25 - 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 29 - 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 31 - 8 p.m.

  • Sunday, Aug. 1 - 2 p.m.


"Flag Day"


Lee Blessing explores race relations in America in his satirical comedy. "Flag Day" has two parts: "Good Clean Fun," set in a corporate office building, and "Down and Dirty," an imagined conversation between a dying white man embedded in a car windshield and the black woman who is trying not to let this distraction ruin her Flag Day celebration.

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All performances take place at Studio Theater

  • Friday, July 9 - 8:30 p.m., followed by opening night reception on Frank Center lawn

  • Sunday, July 11 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 15 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 15 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 17 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 18 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 21 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 21 - 8:30 p.m., followed by a discussion.

  • Friday, July 23 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 24 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 25 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 29 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 29 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 31 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, Aug. 1 - 2:30 p.m.


"The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay"


World War II is over, and Rosa, a rescued war bride, has a new life in America with a husband who can walk on the wind and a rose that can change her future - if only it would bloom.

Playwright-director Keith Glover teamed with Billy Thompson and George Caldwell on writing music and lyrics for the world premiere commissioned for CATF.

All performances take place at Studio Theater.

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

  • Saturday, July 10 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 11 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 14 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 14 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Friday, July 16 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 17 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 18 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 22 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 22 - 8:30 p.m., followed by a discussion

  • Saturday, July 24 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 25 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 28 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 28 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Friday, July 30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 31 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, Aug. 1 - 7:30 p.m.


"Rounding Third"


A win-at-all-costs veteran is teamed with a wide-eyed newcomer to coach a Little League baseball team in Richard Dresser's comedy.

All performances take place at Frank Center Stage:

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

  • Saturday, July 10 - 8 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 11 - 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 14 - 8 p.m., followed by a discussion

  • Friday, July 16 - 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 17 - 2 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 18 - 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 22 - 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 24 - 8 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 25 - 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 28 - 8 p.m.

  • Friday, July 30 - 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 31 - 2 p.m.

  • Sunday, Aug. 1 - 7 p.m.


Under-the-tent lectures


On Frank Center lawn:

  • 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10 - conversation with the playwrights

  • 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17 - "Keeping America Safe, Keeping Americans Free"

  • 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24 - "The Undiluted Truth": Nelson Pressley will explore themes of the CATF plays.

  • 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31 - "Performance Art in America Today," with Mark Russell
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