Contemporary American Theater Festival announces 22nd season repertory

May 25, 2012

Shepherdstown, W.Va. — The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) at Shepherd University has announced the 2012 five-play repertory for its 22nd season. The four-week festival, consisting of 94 performances and other programming, will be held Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 29, in Shepherdstown.

The 2012 season will also feature free lectures, stage readings, panels and an art exhibition. Plus, patrons have the opportunity to purchase tickets to audience immersion events including lunches and workshops with artists, and breakfast with the Theater Festival's producing director.

The plays are:

 "Gidion's Knot," by Johnna Adams.

Over the course of an unexpected parent/teacher conference in a fifth-grade classroom, a mother and her son's teacher have a volatile conversation about Gidion. Was he a bully?  A victim? A protector? Or, was his imagination too powerful a tool for the adults around him? "Gidion's Knot" is about the power of words and freedom of expression. It explores the dangerous, emotional, and often painful world of elementary school.

 "The Exceptionals," by Bob Clyman

Five years after participating in a fertility program experiment, two mothers with different backgrounds are faced with complicated choices surrounding their extraordinarily gifted children. Set in the near future, this play of high-stakes social experimentation sheds light upon the competitive sport of parenting and raises the question: How far would you go to provide your child every possible opportunity?

 "In A Forest, Dark and Deep," by Neil LaBute

All Bobby thinks he is doing is helping his sister, a university dean, clear out her cottage in the woods. But in this cabin of lies, nothing is as it seems, and the truth refuses to be packed away. Love, lust and sibling rivalry escalate into a psychological thriller.

 "Captors," by Evan M. Wiener

For 10 days in Buenos Aires in 1960, covert Israeli agents held captive the world's most wanted war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. In a safe house, a battle of wills unfolds in this historical first-person account of the fight against Fascism.

 "Barcelona," by Bess Wohl

In the shadows of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, Barcelona's famous cathedral, an American woman drunkenly goes home with a Spanish stranger. In what begins as a wine-drenched, carefree one-night stand of cross-cultural lust and libation, soon embarks a dangerous lesson in consequence, truth and moving on.

Matinee and evening performances are held Wednesdays through Sundays throughout the festival. Single ticket prices to the 2012 repertory are $55. Four-show and five-show ticket packages are available, ranging from $100 to $230. All performances take place at various venues on the Shepherd University campus.

All ticketed performances and programs can be purchased through the Theater Festival Box Office, which is open off-season Monday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m., by calling 800-999-CATF (2283), or online at

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