Producing director Ed Herendeen's slate, July 9-Aug. 1, boasts the world premiere of Lee Blessing's Flag Day; the area premiere of Richard Dresser's two-actor Rounding Third; a world-premiere new musical by Keith Glover called The Rose of Corazon; and Stuart Flack's Homeland Security.
"These are fascinating, challenging, and certainly thought provoking times," said Herendeen, in a statement. "We wanted to create a season that speaks to our ever-changing common experiences and engages our audience to join in the dialogues that in many ways define our world. We invite all theatre lovers to share the journey."
The sleepy college hamlet of Shepherdstown is a 90 minute drive from Baltimore and Washington, DC.
The 2004 CATF season, presented in rotating repertory, will include:
The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay, by Keith Glover with music and lyrics by Keith Glover, Billy Thompson and George Caldwell, "tells the tale of Rosa, a rescued World War I war bride. She starts her new life in America with a husband who can walk on the wind and a magic rose growing in the garden that can change her fate forever, if it will only bloom." In addition to the fully-produced plays, audiences are offered post-show discussions, the "Under the Tent Lecture Series" and the staged reading series.
The 2004 CATF acting company includes Michael Flanigan (Flag Day, The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay), Arielle Jacobs (The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay), Albert Jones (Flag Day), Perry Ojeda (The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay), Celina Polanco (The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay), Andy Prosky (Homeland Security, Rounding Third), Caesar Samayoa (The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay), Lee Sellars (Flag Day, Rounding Third), Amol Shah (Homeland Security, The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay), Christianne Tisdale (Homeland Security, The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay), Scott Whitehurst (Homeland Security) and Roslyn Wintner (Flag Day). Musicians Fareed Haque and Kalyan Pathak perform during Homeland Security performances.
Tickets and packages for the 2004 CATF Season are now on sale. For more information, call (800) 999-CATF or visit www.catf.org.
Since 1991 CATF has produced 50 new plays, including 17 world premieres. The Festival has showcased new works by leading playwrights including Sam Shepard, Joyce Carol Oates, John Patrick Shanley, Lisa Loomer, Lee Blessing, Richard Dresser and many others.
Catherine Irwin the is festival's managing director.