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2009 CATF starts

By Staff | Jul 3, 2009

The Contemporary American Theater Festival’s (CATF) 2009 lineup of new plays kicks of next week. “In our nineteenth season, we will continue building on that energy with five new American plays from five award-winning playwrights,” said Ed Herendeen, CATF Founder and Producing Director.

The 2009 season will run from July 8 through Aug. 2 at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown and will feature the following plays in rotating repertory:

“Farragut North” by Beau Willimon Set in Iowa during a tight presidential primary race, press secretary Stephen has a career that men twice his age would envy. Thrown into backroom politics, how do you choose between lust for power and loyalty to the cause? This political drama is a classic tale of hubris set against the landscape of small town America a look at ourselves.

“Yankee Tavern” by Steven Dietz – Just when you thought you’d heard every 9/11 theory in the world a man walks into the Yankee Tavern. There, a young couple find themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of them all. Witness this fierce and funny dramatic thriller and know once again that what you don’t know can hurt you.

“Fifty Words” by Michael Weller – Marriage is no walk in the park. This domestic drama is a hair-raising roller-coaster ride to the painful, funny, revealing and ruthlessly honest heart of modern marriage. Most audiences with any experience of cohabitation will recognize themselves in this emotional battleground of contemporary relationships. Love hurts and it’s not necessarily pretty.

“The History of Light” by Eisa Davis (World Premiere) – Imagine your father’s college girlfriend tracking you down and sending you a stack of his fervent love letters. But what if you never knew your father, or a true, reciprocal love? A young singer’s life is transformed as her past becomes her present. Swelling with the music of a grand piano, here is a passionate fusion between fathers and daughters, lovers and friends.

“Dear Sara Jane” by Victor Lodato (World Premiere) – Sweet Sara Jane, alone at home, waits for her soldier husband to return from war. After too many bourbons, she poses dangerous questions and exposes nasty secrets. Sister and mother, fantasy and fact, it’s all twisted together in this mix of metaphysical stand-up and mad cabaret. One woman, not really alone, in this solo play with songs.

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Single ticket prices begin at $25 with subscriber CATCards available to see four or all five plays at discounted prices. Please note that seating is limited for all performances of “Dear Sara Jane.”

For information on Group and Organizational discounts available on groups of 10 or more, please call (304) 876-3304.

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The Contemporary American Theater Festival prides itself on producing and developing new American theater. Since 1991, CATF has produced 68 new plays, including 25 world premieres. Five plays, five playwrights, five unique theatrical experiences at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.

For more information, please visit www.catf.org or call (304) 876-3473 or (800) 999-CATF (2283).