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Festival of theater

June 29, 2006|by KATE COLEMAN

Shepherdstown, W.Va. - Ed Herendeen, producing director of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, believes in the power of stories. "Playwrights are the theater's storytellers," he's said.

The stories of four playwrights will come to life during the 16th annual festival in Shepherdstown July 7 to 30 (See schedule, E11).

"Sex, Death, and the Beach Baby" by Kim Merrill and "Mr. Marmalade" by Noah Haidle will be presented at the Frank Center for the Creative Arts at Shepherd University.

"Jazzland," by Keith Glover, and Richard Dresser's "Augusta," will be on stage at the Studio Theater on the university's east campus.

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"Ultimately, storytellers connect us with each other, with ourselves," Herendeen said.

Single tickets cost $28 to $33 for adults. Student, senior citizen, group and other discount tickets are available as are CATCard ticket packages.

The Contemporary American Theater Festival box office in the Frank Center for the Creative Arts is open through July 30.

Tickets also may be purchased at the box office at the War Memorial Building, German and King streets in Shepherdstown.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. (Closed Tuesdays.)

Tickets are available online at www.catf.org/boxoffice. Service charges apply.

Note: Selected performances are unavailable online. Call the box office at 304-876-3473 for up-to-the-minute availability.

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