Contemporary American Theater Festival to begin at WV's Shepherd - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Contemporary American Theater Festival to begin at WV's Shepherd University

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • UPDATE: Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    UPDATE: Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:16:53 GMT
     Emotions were high in Montcalm on Thursday following a shooting. Neighbors were not surprised to hear of the shooting in their area, because they say, violence is unfortunately all too common in their neighborhood.
    Emotions were high in Montcalm on Thursday following a shooting. Neighbors were not surprised to hear of the shooting in their area, because they say, violence is unfortunately all too common in their neighborhood.
  • Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:59:03 GMT
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...

The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University has announced the directors, actors, and designers for its 23rd season, to be held July 5-28.

The company includes director Jon Jory—the founder of Long Wharf Theatre and the Humana Festival of New American Plays during his 31 year stint as Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville—who will helm the world premiere of the CATF-commissioned play "H2O" by Jane Martin.

The cast for this play, to be produced in the Festival's intimate 90-seat experimental space CCA-112, includes Diane Mair and Alex Podulke, both of whom have worked previously with Jory on his adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility."

Kent Nicholson, director of musical theatre and literary associate at Playwrights' Horizon in

New York City, will direct the world premiere of Liz Duffy Adams's "A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World," featuring Cassie Beck (Broadway: Picnic, 2013; CATF: The Insurgents, 2011), Rod Brogan (Broadway: Mauritius; National Tour of Doubt), Becky Byers, Joey Collins (Broadway: The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange, Rock n Roll, The Lonesome West; CATF: In a Forest Dark and Deep, Captors, 2012), Susannah Hoffman (Maryland native) and Gerardo Rodriguez.

Noted playwright Mark St. Germain will also direct the world premiere of the Festival's second commissioned play, "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," which he also wrote. The three-person cast will include Brogan as Ernest Hemingway and Collins portraying F. Scott Fitzgerald. Angela Pierce (Broadway: The Norman Conquests, A Streetcar Named Desire) rounds out the cast.

CATF Founder and Producing Director Ed Herendeen will direct two of the season's plays, including Sam Shepard's new work "Heartless." Beck and Hoffman are joined by veteran stage actors Kathleen Butler (World Premieres: Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, Occupant, and Marriage Play) and Michael Cullen (Broadway: Bus Stop; Off-Broadway: title character in Lee Blessing's Cobb).

Stage, film, and television actor Robyn Cohen, originally from Maryland, completes the cast. Cohen's screen credits include a leading role in Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou," numerous roles in films written and directed by James Franco and appearances on television shows such as "The Mentalist," "The Closer," "Angel" and "LAX." She also appeared on-stage opposite Jeff Goldblum in "The Exonerated."

The fifth play of the season is Jon Kern's "Modern Terrorism, Or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them," also directed by Herendeen. Its cast consists of Royce Johnson, Mahira Kakkar, Omar Maskati (most recently appearing in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Disgraced at Lincoln Center") and Kohler McKenzie. This play will premiere Shepherd University's new venue, the Stanley C. and Shirley A. Marinoff Theater.

The Festival's 2013 design team includes: John Ambrosone (lights); David M. Barber (sets); Trevor Bowen (costumes); CATF Associate Producing Director Margaret A. McKowen (costumes); Devon Painter (costumes); Traci Klainer Polimeni (lights); David Remedios (sound); Eric Shimelonis (sound; DC-based); Christina Smith (sound); Luciana Stecconi (sets; DC-based); and D.M. Wood (lights).

Matinee and evening performances are held Wednesday-Sunday throughout the festival. Single ticket prices to the 2013 repertory are $57. Four-show and five-show subscription discount packages (Rep Passes) are available, ranging from $100-$235. Additional ticket savings are available for military personnel and families (as part of the Blue Star Theater Program), students, seniors, patrons 30 and younger and West Virginia residents. All performances take place at various venues on the Shepherd University campus. Pay-What-You-Can Previews will be held on July 3 and July 4.

Performance tickets can be purchased through the Theater Festival Box Office, which is open off-season Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by calling 800-999-CATF (2283), or online by visiting www.catf.org/boxoffice.