Chelsea Marcantel’s New Play AIRNESS Slates Concert at Joe’s Pub | Broadway World

Chelsea Marcantel’s New Play AIRNESS Slates Concert at Joe’s Pub | Broadway World

Chelsea Marcantel’s new play AIRNESS will receive an industry presentation October 30th at Joe’s Pub at The Public.

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Review: EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF | Broadway World

Review: EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF | Broadway World

A beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness within a family, Everything is Wonderful truly is a wonderful show at CATF this summer. While still handling a dark subject matter, the tone and eventual outcome of the show is much more light-hearted than one would expect walking in and Ed Herendeen’s direction of the family tale of love and loss is astounding.

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CATF Review: ‘Everything is Wonderful’ | The Frederick News-Post

CATF Review: ‘Everything is Wonderful’ | The Frederick News-Post

As is usual with Contemporary American Theater Festival productions, the play “Everything Is Wonderful” asks more questions than it answers.

Can the grace of God, or the passage of time, heal all things?

Is it possible to forgive and forget on demand?

And, rather than “forgive and forget,” is there value in remembering?

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Review: Confronting the Paradoxes of Faith in EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL | Broadway World

Review: Confronting the Paradoxes of Faith in EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL | Broadway World

In Everything Is Wonderful, featured in this year’s Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, WV, playwright Chelsea Marcantel has dramatized these paradoxes in the context of an Amish community. On the evidence of the play, the Amish are generally peaceful and forgiving; indeed, we are introduced at the outset to Eric (Jason Babinsky), a young outsider who through negligence has done a terrible wrong to the community, and comes seeking forgiveness and healing, and receives plenty of both.

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A theater festival in the bucolic countryside, but boiling underneath | The Washington Post

A theater festival in the bucolic countryside, but boiling underneath | The Washington Post

Staging an ambitious roster of plays — and this year, boosting its calendar for the first time from five entries to six — the festival under founding producing director Ed Herendeen has matured into one of the nation’s most satisfying seasonal destinations for original drama.

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The magic of big-time theater in a small West Virginia town | WTop

The magic of big-time theater in a small West Virginia town | WTop

Broadway-quality actors. Cutting-edge American playwrights. Thought-provoking, original productions. We’re not talking about New York. We’re talking West Virginia. Every July, tiny Shepherdstown, tucked away in the state’s Eastern Panhandle, becomes a hothouse for some of America’s most innovative live theatre.

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‘Everything is Wonderful’ deals with loss, forgiveness | The Shepherdstown Chronicle

‘Everything is Wonderful’ deals with loss, forgiveness | The Shepherdstown Chronicle

Although each play during the Contemporary American Theater Festival approaches life from different angles, “Everything is Wonderful” is sure to give audiences something to talk about on the way home from the theater. Maybe it will even spark some forgiveness in the lives of those who see it.

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The art of air: Louisville is about to experience its first-ever air guitar event | Insider Louisville

The art of air: Louisville is about to experience its first-ever air guitar event | Insider Louisville

Co-founder Eli Keel, who also freelances for Insider, tells us he was inspired to form the group after seeing the play “Airness,” which was all about the competitive air guitar world and one of the favorites of the Humana Fest.

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‘Everything is Wonderful’: A lesson in forgiveness | Herald Mail Media

‘Everything is Wonderful’: A lesson in forgiveness | Herald Mail Media

“Empathy is really the currency I want to spread around. I think hope that this story will seem both strange and familiar at the same time and reinforce the idea that we’re all in this together and we’re all one big human family.”

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Contemporary American Theater Festival has expanded its 27th season to half-dozen plays | Herald-Mail

Contemporary American Theater Festival has expanded its 27th season to half-dozen plays | Herald-Mail

In a time when theater companies are dealing with slashing of funding, and in some cases shuttering, Contemporary American Theater Festival, based on Shepherd University’s campus in Shepherdstown, is doing the extraordinary — it’s growing.

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Contemporary American Theater Festival Explores How to ‘Make America Think Again’ | The Washington Diplomat

Contemporary American Theater Festival Explores How to ‘Make America Think Again’ | The Washington Diplomat

“Many times, after we select the plays, we begin to see shared ideas,” McKowen said. “This year explores the issue of how people handle being ‘the other’ in a community and how they deal with those outside their population. Through these productions, we comprehend the idea of forgiveness and how willing an individual is to forgive and forget; how certain cultures embrace that idea. Almost all the plays deal with those either directly or they trajectorially touch them.”

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CATF Interview with Playwright Chelsea Marcantel | CATF.org

CATF Interview with Playwright Chelsea Marcantel | CATF.org

Interview with Chelsea Marcantel || Researched, interviewed and edited by Sharon J. Anderson, CATF Trustee/Professional Story Listener

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A new $29 million theater complex is opening in midtown. Here are the first plays you’ll see there | Sacramento Bee

A new $29 million theater complex is opening in midtown. Here are the first plays you’ll see there | Sacramento Bee

B Street Theatre’s first season in its new $29 million midtown home will feature a mix of contemporary theater and classic children’s titles. AIRNESS will be part of the 2018 B Street season.

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B Street Theatre Announces 2018 season | American Theatre

B Street Theatre Announces 2018 season | American Theatre

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.: B Street Theatre has announced its 2018 season, the company’s first in its new space, the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, which will open in February 2018. The season will include AIRNESS.

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Contemporary American Theater Festival Announces 2017 Company | Broadway World

Contemporary American Theater Festival Announces 2017 Company | Broadway World

The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) at Shepherd University announces their 130-member company for the 2017 season.

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