Saturdays at 5pm in Reynolds Hall | 109 King Street
60 Minutes | Free | No Reservation Required

Guest speakers and resident artists discuss issues raised in the season’s plays and challenges facing the contemporary theater.

  • July 8: PLAYWRIGHTS OF The Contemporary American Theater: A Discussion
  • July 15: Behind the Scenes: The Frank Center  Repertory Changeover*
  • July 22: The State and Future of the American Theater
  • July 29: The History of Hip Hop

*this lecture will take place in the Frank Center following 2:30pm performance of Everything is Wonderful.


Saturdays at 10am in CCA/II Room G03  | 62 W Campus Drive
60 minutes | Free | Reservations Required

A scholarly approach to the repertory. Dive deeper into the themes and unique approaches to the season.

  • July 8: The Festival Stage Managers: Those That Make it Happen
  • July 15: A scholarly Look at the Amish Culture in America
  • July 22: The Society of the White Rose
  • July 29: Race, Research, and the Digital Humanities

Friday Films

Fridays* at 2pm at the Opera House | 131 W German Street
DONATIONS ENCOURAGED | No Reservation Required

Films that complement the Festival experience shown in Shepherdstown’s own circa 1909 Opera House.

  • July 14: Devil’s Playground
  • July 21: People on Sunday
  • July 28: Dave Chapelle’s Block Party

*excluding opening weekend.

Gallery Talk (NEW!)

The Museum of Fine Arts – Washington County
401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, MD
60 minutes | Free | Reservations Required

Explore an exciting new partnership as the Festival joins forces with the Museum of Fine Arts – Washington County to create “High Drama: Costumes from the Contemporary American Theater Festival.” Tour the exhibit with Associate Producing Director Peggy McKowen as she discusses the inspiration behind the designs and fields questions.

  • July 12 at 10am
  • July 19 at 10am

Staged Reading Series

Tuesdays at 6pm in the Marinoff Theater
62 W Campus Drive | Free | No Reservations Required
This series is also supported, in part, by a grant from the Jefferson Arts Council.

Join CATF in supporting all stages of a play by experiencing new work that’s rehearsed and read for audiences in the same day. This exciting opportunity is a perfect complement to a Tuesday night performance of Wild Horses. See the evolution of new plays in a single evening!

  • July 11: THE EVA TRILOGY: Part One – Eden by Barbara Hammond
  • July 18: Nikki Giovanni and Chasing the Revolution: A Poet Revealed by Nikki Giovanni and Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt
  • July 25: The Rebel and His Leg by Brian Watkins

After Thoughts (NEW!)

Saturdays following the performances
Copper Canyon | 62 W Campus Drive
Free* | No Reservation Required

Enjoy a drink after the show and share your thoughts with CATF artists and staff as they join you on the patio.

*additional cost for food and drinks.

Support for ‘talktheater’ is made possible, in part, by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council. 

This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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