Stage is set for future of playwriting

In most of the offerings at Shepherdstown's festival, you'll be sure to see American family life, with a twist

July 16, 2006|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. / / Families and happiness -- the two don't always go together.

That's certainly true in the plays at the 16th annual Contemporary American Theater Festival. Edginess has always been a hallmark of Shepherdstown's new-play festival, and this year, that edginess extends from a 4-year-old's fantasies to father-son rivalry.

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN THEATER FESTIVAL / / Through July 30 / / Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, W. Va. / /

800-999-2283 or catf.org

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