We return for the 5th year to cover the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherds University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, CATF is celebrating its 22nd season, which ends July 29, 2012. Details and tickets
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In the shadows of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s famous cathedral, an American woman drunkenly goes home with a Spanish stranger. In what begins as a wine-drenched, carefree one-night-stand of cross-cultural lust and libation, soon embarks a dangerous lesson in consequence, truth, and moving on. In this funny, sensual, and elegant work, there unfolds a surprising story that tears down the artificial borders of a global world, while proving the universal struggle of healing the human heart.
For 10 days in Buenos Aires in 1960, covert Israeli agents held captive the world’s most wanted war criminal and Hitler’s architect of the Holocaust – Adolf Eichmann. In a hidden safe house, a thrilling battle of wills unfolds in this historical first-person account of the fight against Fascism. Captors is a portrait of two men: the Mossad agent burdened with bringing evil to justice, and Eichmann, the self-declared “Good German”, who is ready to utilize his every last ounce of charm, intelligence, and humanity in hopes of surviving and escaping his final interrogation. On the 50th anniversary of Eichmann’s conviction and execution, this absorbing new play is a haunting reminder of the consequences and complexity of closing society’s darkest chapter.
Five years after participating in a fertility program experiment, two mothers, with distinctly different backgrounds, are faced with complicated choices surrounding their extraordinarily gifted children. Set in the near future, this wonderfully smart play of high-stakes social engineering sheds light upon the competitive sport of parenting and raises the question, how far would you go to provide your child every possible opportunity? Gwen and Allie battle over their children’s – and their own – lots in life while learning that, perhaps, they need each other more than they realize to successfully raise their super babies.
Over the course of an unexpected parent/teacher conference in a 5th grade classroom, a mother and her son’s teacher have a volatile conversation about Gidion. Was he a bully? A victim? A protector? Or, was his imagination too powerful a tool for the adults around him? As his story is uncovered, the women try to construct an explanation for his behavior and come to terms with who, or what, is at fault. Gidion’s Knot is a heart-wrenching, devastatingly beautiful work about the power of words and freedom of expression. It explores the dangerous, emotional, and often painful world of elementary school.
In this compelling new play by the dark prince of the American stage and indie cinema, all Bobby thinks he is doing is helping his sister, a university dean, clear out her cottage in the woods. But in this cabin of lies, nothing is as it seems and the truth refuses to be packed away. Love, lust, and sibling rivalry escalate into a psychological thriller that bursts with savage conflict and insight into human relationships and moral failings. On this dark and stormy night, what is Betty hiding? And what will Bobby do when he finds out?