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CATF Previews 2017 Season with Shepherdstown Sneak Peek


The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) will host a Shepherdstown Sneak Peek onFriday, March 24th at 8pm at the Frank Center of Shepherd University. The season preview will consist of readings from all six of CATF's 2017 plays. Founder and Producing Director Ed Herendeen will introduce and discuss the upcoming season. This event isfree and open to the public.

Joining Herendeen will be Allison Gregory, playwright of CATF's 2016 Not Medea and the upcoming production of Wild Horses.Andrew White of the Maryland Theatre Guide called Gregory's Not Medea "a finely crafted piece...not to be missed."

Readings will be performed by guest actors, including John Lescault, Naomi Jacobson, and Vincent Ramirez.

Lescault is known for his work in Joseph Graham's Something Beautiful and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. CATF audiences will remember Lescault from past Contemporary American Theater Festival productions of From Prague, Yankee Tavern, and Farragut North.

Jacobson has received two Helen Hayes Awards and fifteen nominations. She has performed with Milwaukee Rep Theatre, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, and many other theater companies.

After interning with CATF and appearing in The Wedding Gift and pen/man/ship, Vincent Ramirez joins the Shepherdstown Sneak Peek cast.

The Contemporary American Theater Festival's 2017 season is as follows: The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess, Welcome to Fear City byKara Lee Corthron (world premiere), Wild Horses by Allison Gregory (world premiere), Byhalia, Mississippi by Evan Linder,Everything is Wonderful by Chelsea Marcantel (world premiere), and We Will Not Be Silent by David Meyers (world premiere).

The Contemporary American Theater Festival will take place July 7 - 30, with matinee and evening performances Tuesday throughSunday. Festival tickets go on sale Monday, March 27. To order tickets, call the Contemporary American Theater Festival Box Office at 800.999.CATF (2283) or visit CATF online at Single tickets range from $35 to $65; packages range from $120 to $305. Student, military, and group discounts are available.

The Contemporary American Theater Festival was founded by Ed Herendeen in 1991 to produce and develop new American theater. The Festival produces new plays in rotating repertory on the campus of Shepherd University. To date, CATF has produced over 115 new plays including forty-three world premieres and ten commissions. For more information about the Contemporary American Theater Festival visit or call 800.999.CATF (2283).

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