The Contemporary American Theater Festival Begins July 6

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The Contemporary American Theater Festival Begins July 6

The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF) begins preview performances on Sunday, July 6th. All five plays that make up the 2014 repertory will receive at least two preview performances before the Festival officially opens on Friday, July 11th.

The 2014 Preview Schedule is twice as long as previous seasons, allowing patrons to take in the entire slate of plays at a "Pay-What-You-Can" Price. There are no advance reservations to previews and tickets are sold at a first-come, first-serve basis. Box office opens one hour prior to the scheduled start-time at each play's respective venue. Officially final dress rehearsals, all preview performances are fully produced with sets, lights, and costumes in place. Oftentimes, playwrights are still working on the plays throughout previews, with changes inserted all the way through opening night.

"The Previews allow the actors, directors, designers, and writers to experience the plays with an audience for the first time-in many ways, the preview audiences dictate the final choices made for the productions before they officially open," said Managing Director James McNeel. "They also provide a wonderful opportunity for patrons to enjoy professional, high-caliber theater at whatever price they care to pay. We are committed to the CATF experience being affordable to everyone and the Previews present a terrific opportunity for this. I really hope folks will come out and take advantage of this first week of performances-and then tell their friends!"

The Pay-What-You-Can Preview schedule is as follows:

Sunday, July 6:

One Night by Charles Fuller at 7:00pm (Frank Center Stage)

Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson at 7:30pm (Marinoff Theater)

Tuesday, July 8:

Uncanny Valley by Thomas Gibbons at 6:00pm (Center for Contemporary Arts/I)

North of the Boulevard by Bruce Graham at 8:00pm (Frank Center Stage)

The Ashes Under Gait City by Christina Anderson at 8:30pm (Marinoff Theater)

Wednesday, July 9:

Uncanny Valley by Thomas Gibbons at 6:00pm (Center for Contemporary Arts/I)

One Night by Charles Fuller at 8:00pm (Frank Center Stage)

Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson at 8:30pm (Marinoff Theater)

Thursday, July 10:

Uncanny Valley by Thomas Gibbons at 6:00pm (Center for Contemporary Arts/I)

North of the Boulevard by Bruce Graham at 8:00pm (Frank Center Stage)

The Ashes Under Gait City by Christina Anderson at 8:30pm (Marinoff Theater)

For additional information about Pay-What-You-Can Previews, including venue addresses and policies, contact the CATF Box Office at 800/999-2283 or visit www.catf.org.

CATF will present its 24th season July 11 - August 3, 2014. In addition to the five plays in rotating repertory, the Festival will feature stage readings, a lecture series, workshops and classes, art exhibitions, and audience/artist engagement activities. Complete information along with ticket options available via www.catf.org or by calling 800/999-CATF. Social media connections (#catf) can be made at twitter.com/thinktheater and facebook.com/CATFatSU

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