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CATF fetes 20th year

By Staff | Mar 5, 2010

The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University is preparing for its 2010 Season with a Spring Fundraiser. The “Roast Toast and Boast,” celebrating 20 years of CATF and the work of Ed Herendeen, will be held Sunday, March 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.

“We wanted to do something different for our 20th year,” said Peggy McKowen, Associate Producing Director of CATF. “The roast is all in good fun, to share amusing stories, scoops, and gossip from behind the scenes from the first 20 years of CATF. This is also our opportunity to pay tribute to our founder and visionary, Ed Herendeen.”

Master of Ceremonies and CATF favorite Lee Sellars will lead the festivities, with appearances by special surprise guests.

Tickets will be available at www.catforg for $100 per person. A champagne toast and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. “For those who have been with CATF throughout the years, this event will be a time to reminisce,” said Lisa Younis, president of the CATF Board of Trustees. “It will also serve as a great introduction for those who have not previously participated in CATF.”

The 20th season July 9-Aug. 1 features The “Eelwax Jesus 3-D Pop Music Show,” by Max Baker and Lee Sellars; “Inana” by Michael Lowe; “Lidless,” by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig; “Breadcrumbs,” by Jennifer Haley; and “White People” by J.T. Rogers.