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Contemporary American Theater Festival

Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 at 12:00pm

Various Venues
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

2.30 And 8.30 pm: My Lord, What a Night

by Deborah Brevoort
World Premiere / Directed by Ed Herendeen

In 1937, after performing a sold-out concert in Princeton, NJ, internationally renowned singer Marian Anderson was refused a room at the whites-only Nassau Inn. With nowhere to go, Albert Einstein invites her to stay in his home, beginning an intimate friendship between two icons that lasts a lifetime. Based on actual events during a turbulent time in our nation’s history, Deborah Brevoort’s new play offers a rare glimpse into what transpired that fateful evening.

Run Time: 120 Minutes

Location: Frank Center, 260 University Drive

2.00 And 8.00 pm: Wrecked

by Greg Kalleres
World Premiere / Directed by Shelley Butler

John and Victoria just had a hit and run with a deer. Or wait, was it a dog? Yes, it was definitely a dog. Right? Or, what if… As the perfect couple who’s always on the same page, they must now agree on exactly what happened in order to move on. But, when unexpected guests arrive, John and Victoria suddenly can’t seem to remember things the same way. Now they must decide what’s worse: a horrible truth or the terror of experiencing that truth alone.

Run Time: 120 Minutes

Location: Marinoff Theater, 62 W Campus Drive

6.00 pm: Chester Bailey

by Joseph Dougherty
Directed by Ron Lagomarsino

Chester Bailey’s imagination is a matter of life and death - it’s the one thing sustaining him as he recovers from a crippling assault. Set in a Long Island hospital in 1945, Chester denies the extent of his injuries as Dr. Phillip Cotton struggles to heal his unusual patient. Joseph Dougherty skillfully examines the enduring power of the human mind when it is faced with seemingly insurmountable horror.

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Location: Studio 112, 92 W Campus Drive

12.00 pm: Antonio’s Song / I was dreaming of a son

by Dael Orlandersmith And Antonio Edwards Suarez
World Premiere / Directed by Mark Clements

A poetic journey of a dancer/artist/father questioning the balance of his passions - art, culture family. A story that, questions/challenges the legacy of stereotypes: of manhood/race/fatherhood. This solo/movement drama explores the sins of our fathers and mothers — as well as the gifts that our parents bestow upon us. How do we own the responsibility — TO RECOGNIZE? TO BE AWARE? Antonio Edwards Suarez, a breathtaking performer shares the legacy with pain, promise, and hope.

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Location: Studio 112, 92 W Campus Drive

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