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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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Shepherd’s Common Reading Events Announced

Shepherd University’s Common Reading has announced upcoming events that relate to the 2014–15 book selection, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. I Am Malala is a true story about a 15-year-old Pakistani girl, Yousafzai, who refused to be silenced […]

Art Show Highlights Work by Shepherd Faculty

The Shepherd University Department of Contemporary Art and Theater will present the Contemporary Art Faculty Exhibit at two locations on campus. The show opens September 8 and there will be receptions in the reading room of the Scarborough Library from 4–6 pm, and at the Phaze 2 Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Arts II […]

Shepherd Photography Student Exhibits Work at Martinsburg Gallery

A Shepherd University photography student is exhibiting some of her newest portrait work at a downtown Martinsburg art gallery through September 21. Junior Jessica LaRue McCann is an art major with a concentration in photography and computer imagery. She won a contest sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council called Photo 14, and first prize is […]

CATF Finishes Successful Season with Plans to Transfer UNCANNY VALLEY to New York

The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF) completed its 24th season on August 3, having presented 102 performances of five plays plus numerous additional programs and events before record-setting attendance. The season, which began on July 6, enjoyed audiences from over 35 states during its four-week schedule with total attendance to the repertory […]

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