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    CATF At Twenty-Four

    INSIDE THE VOICE OF THE PLAYWRIGHT: FIVE INTERVIEWS BY SHARON J ANDERSON   CATF: What does “uncanny valley” mean? THOMAS GIBBONS: It comes from the field of robotics. It is the idea that people are fascinated by an artificial being that is somewhat human-like, but the closer it comes to being more truly human-like, it […]

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    Lucie Tiberghien: Director as Storyteller

    BY SEAN O’LEARY   When a director says, “Theater is almost a political act for me,” my instinctive reaction is to run away quickly. But when, during our conversation, Lucie Tiberghien said those words, my flight instinct was disarmed, first by her slight embarrassment at uttering a cliché that she knew sometimes signals polemic masquerading […]

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    Alex Podulke: About The Acting Life

    BY NANCY MCKEITHEN   If you missed seeing Alex Podulke in the riveting performance of “H2O” at last year’s CATF, you have the opportunity to see him at this year’s festival, in “Uncanny Valley.” It’s not the first time he’s played an other-human. In a conversation with FLUENT, he talks about acting, Shepherdstown, neuroscience, androids […]

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    Fiction: “Rising Action”

    BY REBECCA MOORE   Floor One Brian expected she would be in bed when he got home. Lying beneath their Egyptian cotton sheets, her body curled in a fetal position, her eyes open. She’d been having a rough day when he left that morning, but most days had been rough recently. He hated leaving her […]

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    Ears, Eyes & Sound: Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra

    BY TODD COYLE   The Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra — CWSO — got its start over a conversation between friends who thought the area needed a community orchestra. That was fall 2012. Today, Camilo Pérez-Mejía is the Music Director, while Andrea Diggs, Brian Ellsworth and Kim Krapf are the board members — president, vice president and secretary/treasurer, respectively. The orchestra rehearses […]

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    Showing Up: Shepherd Senior Exhibits

    BY NANCY MCKEITHEN   The dates and the names change by the year, but the right [sic] of passage —known as the Capstone Exhibit—remains. For students in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the exhibit is their ticket out of school and into their future. A one-day exhibit […]

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    Miss Emily Art: The Medium & The Message

    BY SHEILA KELLY VERTINO   Art+History. That’s the way Emily Vaughn teaches art history classes at Four Seasons Books and Morgan Academy. To Vaughn, Michelangelo was the first comic book artist. “He painted in panels, with everybody’s figure exaggerated and ‘ripped.’ ” On a more serious note, to give her students some idea of the powerlessness […]

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Artomatic Takes Flight

“Artomatic Takes Flight” opens at the Gallery Walk at Reagan National Airport on July 25 as part of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Arts Program. The exhibit showcases an un-juried selection of work by 101 artists in Washington DC’s creative community. Artists featured in Artomatic Takes Flight are past participants of Washington, DC’s signature Artomatic […]

Shepherd Foundation’s Scarborough Society to Visit National Book Festival

The Scarborough Society and the Shepherd University Foundation are sponsoring a bus trip to the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 30. The festival will feature more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators in several pavilions. Notable names include Paul […]

Carving Out an Arts Hub

[Reprinted with permission from the SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON, July 16, 2014] by CHRISTINE SNYDER christine@spiritofjefferson.com   $50,000 NEA grant will create new district downtown   CHARLES TOWN — City leaders seeking to boost downtown as a one-of-a-kind destination for art and history are celebrating after winning a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the […]

Manchin Announces Funding to Develop Culture District in Charles Town

Jul 16 2014 In a letter to the NEA, Senator Manchin requested “Our Town” funding to enhance Charles Town’s unique history and culture Project will serve 54,000 Jefferson County residents and attract visitors from surrounding areas Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced that the city of Charles Town will receive up to […]

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