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Contemporary American Theater Festival

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 12:00pm

Various Venues
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

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

2.30 pm: Support Group for Men

by Ellen Fairey
Directed by Courtney Sale

Every Thursday is Guys’ Night for a group of pals who gather to vent about stalled careers, dashed romances, and other middle-aged struggles. When an unexpected visitor crashes the party, their notions of what it means to be a man in America are suddenly upended. A hilarious exploration of what happens when society’s new normal, doesn’t seem so normal anymore. Ellen Fairey compassionately dissects the ever-changing role of gender in today’s culture — and proves that understanding is sometimes found in the least likely of places.

Run Time: 120 Minutes

Location: Frank Center, 260 University Drive

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

2.00 pm: A Welcome Guest: A Psychotic Fairy Tale

by Michael Weller
World Premiere / Directed by Ed Herendeen

A guest comes to stay in your home. You discover he has permission from the authorities to live there indefinitely. Then you learn that he somehow owns your house and you’re his guest. That’s not right. But are the authorities ever wrong? Sometimes you just have to take things into your own hands. And if someone gets hurt, well, it’s not the end of the world… or is it? A Welcome Guest explores intolerance, insanity, and how beautiful it is to know that underneath we’re all one big happy family, for better or (possibly) for worse.

Run Time: 120 Minutes

Location: Marinoff Theater, 62 W Campus Drive

5.00 And 8.30 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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