Shepherdstown, West Virginia (Vocus) July 8, 2008
Familiar faces abound at this year's Contemporary American Theater Festival. In addition to outstanding theatrical credits ranging from small independent productions, all the way to Broadway, many actors have also appeared in popular television shows and major motion pictures. "We have assembled a remarkably talented cast this year," stated Ed Herendeen, Founder and Producing Director of CATF. "They will do an amazing job of bringing these colorful and somewhat controversial characters to life."
The Contemporary American Theater Festival will run July 9 through August 3, presenting five risk-taking plays that are guaranteed to make you "thinktheater": The Overwhelming by J.T. Rogers, Pig Farm by Greg Kotis, Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond, WRECKS by Neil LaBute and the world premiere of A View of the Harbor by Richard Dresser. Returning as part of the CATF acting company this year:
CATF is pleased to welcome the acting talents of Avery Glymph (The Overwhelming, Stick Fly), Sipiwe Moyo (The Overwhelming) , Kelsey Nash (A View of the Harbor), Graham Powell (The Overwhelming, Pig Farm), Joniece Abbott-Pratt (The Overwhelming, Stick Fly), Tijuana Ricks (The Overwhelming, Stick Fly), Maduka Steady (The Overwhelming, Stick Fly), David Emerson Toney (The Overwhelming, Stick Fly), and Kurt Zischke (The Overwhelming, Wrecks) to the festival. "This year, we have one of the largest and best acting companies in our history," stated Herendeen.
Returning artistic staff and production team members include: Debra Aquavella, Colin Bills, Matt Nielson, Devon Painter, Patrick Wallace, D.M. Wood, and Robert Klingelhoefer. "We have been blessed with the best possible team, helping to make his year bigger, better, and more adventurous than ever," stated Peggy McKowen, Associate Producing Director. Newcomers Reggie Ray and Dr. Aaron Anderson bring years of experience in their respective roles. Ray, a Costume Designer, has designed for Debbie Allen, Al Freeman, Jr., Ron Himes, Mike Malone, and countless others. He has received four Woodie King Awards for Outstanding Costume Design and a Helen Hayes Award for Most Outstanding Costume Design. Anderson, a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University, will serve as Fight Director. He is internationally certified as a fight director and teacher of stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors, the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat (of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London) and Dueling Arts International. He has worked professionally on stage and screen as an actor, stuntman and military advisor.
The 2008 season runs from July 9 through August 3, with five daring plays, under the tent lectures, post-show discussions, visual arts, and more. The Contemporary American Theater Festival prides itself on producing and developing new American theater. Since 1991 CATF has produced 63 new plays, including 23 world premieres. Five plays, five playwrights, five unique theatrical experiences at the Contemporary American Theater Festival. For more information, please visit http://www.catf.org or call 304-876-3473 or 800-999-CATF (2283).