Originally slated to run in June 2000, the premiere of Wendy MacLeod's Marriage of the Minds has been postponed by West Virginia's Contemporary American Theatre Festival. The delay allows MacLeod to fulfill writing commitments in Los Angeles on the WB Television series "Popular."
"We commissioned Wendy last year and she pitched us a play about the relationship between Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath," explained Contemporary American Theatre Festival producing director Ed Herendenn. Herendenn told Playbill On-Line that MacLeod's piece, which deals with Plath and Hughes both as poets and parents, will be presented at Shepherd College in 2001.
MacLeod's $10,000 commission was supported by a partial grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Located 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. at Shepherd College, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival presents four plays each season. "People can see all of our plays on any given weekend," Herendenn said. "We will do four plays next season in rotating repertory, including world premieres."
Herendenn's group, which he describes as "dedicated to developing new American theatre," is celebrating its tenth anniversary and will announce its revised 2000 schedule sometime in January 2000. The group started operations with a budget of only $90,000 but has grown significantly. "Our budget is just over $500,000 now, " Herendenn said. "All of that money goes to the production itself, because the college provides us space. None of our funding goes toward overhead or bricks and mortar. "
For additional information on the Contemporary American Theatre Festival visit catf.org.
-- By Murdoch McBride