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CATF’s sneak preview takes place March 11

By Staff | Mar 4, 2016

The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) at Shepherd University will hold a free public event to announce the 2016 season on Friday, March 11, between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., at the Marinoff Theater.

Producing Director Ed Herendeen will introduce the five shows to be presented July 8-31. Guest actors will then perform scenes from each of the plays. The evening also features a very special appearance by OBIE-award winning playwright, Susan Miller who will read from her work.

Miller is the winner of two OBIEs and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting. She is best known as the author/performer of the critically acclaimed one woman play, My Left Breast, and as Executive Producer and writer for the award winning web series, Anyone But Me. Miller has also received playwriting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rockefeller Grant and a residency at Yaddo.

The sneak preview is free and open to the press and public. No reservations are required.

Since its founding in 1991, the Theater Festival has produced 110 new American plays, including 40 world premieres, by 77 different writers. Several plays which originated at the Festival (like Stickfly, Uncanny Valley, H20, The Insurgents, and Dead and Breathing) have been staged on or Off-Broadway. Farragut North–by Beau Willimon, the mastermind behind House of Cards–was produced by CATF in 2009 and later adapted for the silver screen as The Ides of March.

The 2016 line-up includes pen/man/ship, by Christina Anderson; Not Medea, by Allison Gregory (an NNPN Rolling World Premiere); The Wedding Gift, by Chisa Hutchinson (World Premiere); 20th Century Blues, by Susan Miller (World Premiere); and The Second Girl, by Ronan Noone.

Tickets go on sale March 14. For more information about the 2016 season, visit www.catf.org or call 800/999-CATF. Social media connections (#catf) can be made at twitter.com/thinktheater.