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Shepherd University to host 34th Contemporary American Theater Festival

ISSUED: 18 June 2024

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University welcomed the company for the 34th Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) earlier this month and is excited to host the season’s plays in July.

The CATF’s 2024 July season features three new plays, Tornado Tastes Like Aluminum Sting by Harmon dot aut, Enough to Let the Light In by Paloma Nozicka, and The Happiest Man on Earth by Mark St. Germain, as well as What Will Happen to All That Beauty? by Donja R. Love being offered in two parts.

In addition to these five mainstage experiences, CATF is co-producing an immersive, multi-disciplinary experience with the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival called “A Mother’s Voice” and hosting more than 30 special events led by industry experts and artists, including lectures, post-show conversations, and discussions.

CATF will run July 5-28 at four venues, including locations on Shepherd’s campus and in downtown Shepherdstown.

In recognition of all the ways Shepherd University employees help the festival each summer, CATF is hosting a Shepherd Appreciation Day on Wednesday, July 10.

University employees may experience a free matinee performance of Enough to Let the Light In at the Marinoff Theater at 3 p.m., with a special meet-and-greet beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Interested employees may RSVP for a free show ticket by emailing CATF’s Director of Development, Vicki Willman, at, or by calling her direct office number at 681-240-4044.


Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 681-240-2283.


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