It Happened Here Dresser

UPCOMING EVENT: October 26, 6:30pm


CATF Playwright Richard Dresser published his first novel! And we want to share it with you. CATF is partnering with Shepherdstown’s favorite book store, Four Seasons Books to bring you a live-stream virtual book signing of Richard’s first novel, It Happened Here. Join Richard and Ed for a conversation, a virtual book signing, and readings from the book:

Monday, October 26 at 6:30pm
(Stay tuned for the event link closer to the event.)

It Happened Here by Richard Dresser

Set against a sobering and all-too-believable backdrop in which the 2020 elections are canceled and the president usurps his office for the next sixteen years, this is the story of one family divided by politics and ideology. It Happened Here presents a tapestry of personal stories illustrating how the Weeks family navigates the slow death of democracy in the country they all love. Told through the interwoven voices of eight different members, this oral family history is emotionally moving, breathtakingly envisioned, and surprisingly funny. Above all, it is a story of undying hope, even in the direst of circumstances.

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Want to get your copy of It Happened Here signed?
Call Four Seasons Books at 304-876-3486 or email them at Order your copy and let them know you would like your copy autographed, made out to someone special, or have a special message included. Richard will sign the books on the 26th and you’ll be able to pick up your autographed copy from Four Seasons.

Richard Dresser Plays Produced at CATF:

  • A View of the Harbor – world premiere (2008)
  • The Pursuit of Happiness (2007)
  • Augusta – world premiere (2006)
  • Rounding Third (2004)
  • Something in the Air (2000)
  • Gun-Shy (1998)
  • Below the Belt (1997)


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Named as one of the top theater festivals in the world, by publications such as The New York Times, American Theatre, and World Guide, the Contemporary American Theater Festival shapes the future of American theater. Each summer, the Festival produces six new plays in rotating repertory.

In solidarity.