NOTEWORTHY NATIONAL FEATURES:

The National Endowment for the Arts interviews playwright Michele Lowe
(August 2, 2012) Transcript

The New York Times “Summer Stages” 2013 Listing (May 16, 2013)

The New York Times “Summer Stages” 2012 Listing (May 17, 2012)

National Public Radio features CATF’s 20th Anniversary on Morning Edition (June 28, 2010)

The Wall Street Journal spotlights CATF (July 11, 2002 – PDF)

The Washington Post covers the 2005 season (July 8, 2005 – PDF)

Contemporary Plays Put in Focus at West Virginia Festival
by Jay Handelman | Sarasota Herald Tribune

The National Endowment for the Arts interviews Ed Herendeen for its podcast series (August 26, 2010)

The New York Times “Summer Stages” Theater listing includes CATF (May 5, 2011)

2012 SEASON REVIEWS: HIGHLIGHTS AND EXCERPTS (CLICK HERE)

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July 20, 2013
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July 19, 2013
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June 29, 2013
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April 16, 2013
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April 3, 2013
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March 31, 2013
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March 29, 2013
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March 28, 2013
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March 5, 2013
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February 20, 2013
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August 7, 2012
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July 30, 2012
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July 27, 2012
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July 23, 2012
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July 22, 2012
An exceptionally dense ‘Exceptionals’
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July 21, 2012
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July 20, 2012
“The Exceptionals” Critiques the Era of Designer Children
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July 19, 2012
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July 19, 2012
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July 19, 2012
CATF: ‘The Exceptionals’
by Lauren LaRocca: | Frederick News Post

July 18, 2012
‘Captors’ shortchanges captor-captive relationship
by Lisa Traiger | Washington Jewish Week

July 16, 2012
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July 16, 2012
A Trip to Shepherdstown
by J. Wynn Rousuck | Maryland Morning [radio broadcast]

July 14, 2012
[CATF]: Bess Wohl’s “BARCELONA”
by Bill Rough | View in the Dark

July 13, 2012
Washington Actors Play for the Summer at CATF
by Ellyn Wexler | TheatreWashington

July 13, 2012
CATF fest launches n Shepherdstown, WV
by Terry Ponick | Washington Times “Curtain Up”

July 12, 2012
[CATF] Five plays in four weeks at Shepherd University
by Christopher Bransome | Frederick News Post

July 11, 2012
Play Reviews from DC Metro Theater Arts
Mike’s Ramblings (blog)
by Mike Spain | dcmetrotheatrearts.com

“Captors” Puts History On Stage
by Mark Dewey | Shenandoah Press

July 10, 2012
Contemporary American Theater Festival grapples with theme of kinship
By Celia Wren | The Washington Post

July 9, 2012
Dispatches From the Contemporary American Theater Festival
by Sophie Gilbert | Washingtonian Online

July 9, 2012
Play Reviews from DC Theatre Scene
by Tim Treanor | dctheatrescene.com

July 8, 2012
LaBute’s Dark, Compelling “Forest” Opens 22nd Contemporary American Theater Festival
by Mark Dewey | Shenandoah Review

July 5, 2012
Opening Night
by Nichole Lidstrom | The Martinsburg Journal

July 5, 2012
Contemporary American Theater Festival opens
by Cecelia Mason | West Virginia Public Radio

July 5, 2012
Ed Herendeen on What Makes a New Play Worth Staging
by Sophie Gilbert | Washingtonian Online

July 2, 2012
American plays on Shepherdstown stage in July
The State Journal

June 30, 2012
Theater is magical for Contemporary American Theater Festival playwright
By Marie Gilbert | Hagerstown Heerald Mail

June 29, 2012
Brave new work: A conversation with Ed Herendeen
By Lauren LaRocca | Frederick News-Post

February 29, 2012
2012 CATF playwright Jennifer Haley wins 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (2012’s Johnna Adams a Finalist)

February 25, 2012
DC Theatre Scene introduces 2012 CATF season
The Martinsburg Journal gives CATF a shout-out

February 24, 2012
The theater blog “Drama Urge” profiles the 2012 season announcement

February 23, 2012
WHAG/NBC (Hagerstown) covered the 2012 season announcement (video)
NBC News talks about the Broadway production of Lydia Diamond’s “Stick Fly” (CATF 2008)

February 22, 2012
Playbill.com reports that long-time CATF director Lucie Tiberghien to direct J.T. Rogers’s (“White People”, “The Overwhelming”) newest play at La Jolla.

February 12, 2012
The L.A. Times talks with 2007 CATF playwright Jason Grote (“1001”) about his new job on TV’s “Smash”

January 17, 2012
DC Theatre Scene reviews the Broadway production of “Stick Fly” (CATF 2008)

November 28, 2011
Live Design features CATF’s Associate Producing Director Peggy McKowen and her dual-life as theatrical designer and arts administrator.

PAST NEWS: 2011 SEASON

Backstage: Contemporary American Theater Festival >> Washington Post [by Jane Horwitz, July 5, 2011]

Law & Order’s Tamara Tunie to Act in CATF >> WHAG-TV [interviews by Paul Espinosa, July 5, 2011]

Contemporary American Theater Fest Opens This Weekend >> Washington Times [by Terry Ponick, July 4, 2011]

Contemporary American Theater Festival Celebrates 21st Season >> Herald-Mail [by Marie Gilbert, July 1, 2011]

Actor Returns to her passion for CATF >> The Journal [by Maggie Wolff Peterson, June 30, 2011]

Tourism Opening Doors… >> WVNS-TV [June 29, 2011]

Behind CATF’s From Prague >> ShepherdstownChronicle.com [June 17, 2011]

Daniel Morgan Shelley to Portray Nat Turner… >> Backstage Pass with Lia Chang [June  14, 2011]

CATF Rehearsals Begin >> Shepherdstown Chronicle [by Tricia Fulks, June 10, 2011]

Shepherdstown theater festival goes for provoke >> Gazette-Mail [by Douglas Imbrogno, May 28, 2011]

About.com >> Performing Arts blog [April 14, 2011]

CATF Announces Play Line-Up Schedule [CBS59, April 12, 2011]

Contemporary American Theater Festival Announces 2011 Repertory [PR Web, April 4, 2011]

Lucy Thurber and Kyle Bradstreet Will Premiere… [by Kenneth Jones, Playbill.com, March 30, 2011]

Behind the Scenes Look at CATF [Martinsburg Journal, March 25, 2011]

CATF Plays in Running for National Critics Prize

PAST NEWS: 2010 SEASON

Party crasher is part of CATF celebration [by Kate Coleman, Herald-Mail, August 1, 2010]

“White People”: CATF’s Best In Show [by Terry Ponick, Washington Times, July 26, 2010]

CATF’s Clueless “Lidless” [by Terry Ponick, Washington Times, July 24, 2010]

“Eelwax” not quite ready for prime time [by Terry Ponick, Washington Times, July 24, 2010]

The New American Theater, On Stage in Shepherdstown [by J. Wynn Rousuck, WYPR, July 21, 2010]

Shepherd theater festival gets mention in Congressional Record [by Richard Belisle, Herald Mail, July 20, 2010]

Sen. Rockefeller visit theater festival [by Michael Theis, The Journal, July 20, 2010]

Contemporary American Theater Festival Honored for 20 years [by Jamie Burke, NBC25, July 19, 2010]

Contemporary American Theater Festival [John Glass, Drama Urge!, July 16, 2010]

CATF: ‘Breadcrumbs’ [by Lauren LaRocca, The Frederick News-Post, July 16, 2010]

CATF: ‘Inana’ [by Adrienne Lawrence, The Frederick News-Post, July 16, 2010]

CATF: ‘Lidless’ [by Adrienne Lawrence, The Frederick News-Post, July 16, 2010]

CATF: ‘Eelwax Jesus 3-D Pop Music Show’ [by Lauren LaRocca, The Frederick News-Post, July 16, 2010]

‘Breadcrumbs’ examines self [by Matt Armstrong, The Journal, July 16, 2010]

CATF Launches twentieth Shepherdstown, WV season [by Terry Ponick, Washington Times, July 15, 2010]

White People [by Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene, July 15, 2010]

Breadcrumbs [by Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene, July 15, 2010]

‘Eelwax Jesus’ adds trippy dimension to Contemporary American Theater Festival [by Celia Wren, Washington Post, July 14, 2010]

Contemporary American Theater Festival 2010 [by David Gorsline, A Honey of an Anklet, Juy 14, 2010]

‘Eelwax Jesus 3D’ play is far from ordinary [by Angela Cummings, The Journal, July 14, 2010]

Contemporary American Theater Festival [by Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene, July 14, 2010]

Maryland Morning theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck talks to playwright Michele Lowe, author of Inana, and to Terry Drayman-Weisser, Director of Conservation and Technical Research at the Walters.
Click to download MP3

Contemporary American Theater Festival: 20th Season – Five New American Plays [by Grace Cavalieri, The Montserrat Review, July 13, 2010]

CATF’s ‘Eelwax Jesus’ a musical of the absurd [by George Oliver, The Herald-Mail, July 13, 2010]

Review:  ‘White People’ interesting take on race [by Matt Armstrong, The Journal, July 13, 2010]

CATF’s 20th Season in Shepherdstown – Bill’s Reviews [by Bill Tchakirides, Under the LobsterScope, July 12, 2010]

Contemporary American Theater Festival Reviews [by Bob Anthony, July 12, 2010]

CATF Celebrates 20th Season in Shepherdstown [by Charya Lon, NBC25, July 10, 2010]

5 plays – 2 world premiers [by Adrienne Lawrence, July 9, 2010]

CATF ’10 season kicks off [by Michael Theis, Shepherdstown Chronicle, July 9, 2010]

Looking to the Future [by Angela Cummings, The Journal, July 8, 2010]

CATF celebrates 20 years of producing new theater [by Angela Cummings, The Journal, July 8, 2010]

Theater festival celebrates 20 years in Shepherdstown [by Crystal Schelle, The Herald-Mail, July 3, 2010]

Contemporary American Theater Festival [by John Glass, Drama Urge, July 2, 2010)

Summer Arts Preview [by David Lillard, The Observer, July 2010]

Festival Brings New Dramas to Shenandoah Valley (by Elizabeth Blair, NPR, June 28, 2010)

Shepherd U theater festival to open its 20th season (The Charleston Gazette, June 26, 2010)

Shepherdstown festival premieres rock musical (by Ceceila Mason, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, June 23, 2010)

Two playwrights stage diverse impressions of war at W.Va. festival (by Jane Horwitz, Washington Post, June 23, 2010)

Shepherdstown theater festival celebrates 20 seasons (by Cecelia Mason, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, June 21, 2010)

CATF’s New Season (by Jane Horwitz, Washington Post, April 28, 2010)

CATF Celebrates 20 Years With Roast(Journal, March 25, 2010)