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I&I: American Contemporary Theater Festival (Part 2)

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I&I: American Contemporary Theater Festival (Part 2) Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:55:17 +0000 I&I: American Contemporary Theater Festival (Part 2) I&I: American Contemporary Theater Festival (Part 2) WHAG >> welcome back. we are chatting with ed herandine about the festival in shepardstown. big news this year. more contests. >> yup. more theater. >> yeah, it was interesting. in our strategic plan that we have had for several years now, wanted to go to six plays. we have been doing five plays and rotating. and this was the year to move to 6. and especially during the uncertain funding times with the national endowment. state funding. if not now, when? so we're going to do more theater. aftery y offer you more choices. and experience 6 plays. >> great. we have six plays available. the schedule, let's talk about -- quickly run through the schedule for this year. the plays that are scheduled. >> they are all new american plays. five of them are first productions and one was done just recently in chicago. so it's getting a second production. that is the hail in mississippi. it's an interesting play about marriage. it looks at the young married couple, hail in mississippi. they're loud. they're loud. they're loud white trash. but it really will investigate, in a very authentic way, their relationship in the small town in mississippi where race continues to be an important issue. and it has a lot of twists and turns into the plays. i can't tell you too much. >> oh, no. tease them but don't give it away. >> and we will be doing the world premiere of everything is wonderful. i am very excited about this play. it's a beautiful play about forgiveness and redemption. and the second amish country, a country in the lancaster area. it involves a driver driving drunk. and he plows into the back of one of the amish buggies and kills two young teenage amish boys. the play begins with a knock on the door and who has come to apologize and beg for forgiveness of the amish family who lost their two sons. at the same time it's going to investigate the amish culture and their ability to forgive outsiders. but not so when it comes to forgiving one another. it's interesting. speakers will be revealed in the play. and chelsea is really onto something here. a big idea play. >> i think people can relate to that. >> i hope so. >> a couple of the other plays, will not be silent? >> it's a very important play by david myers. we're doing the world premiere. set in uxin, germany in 1943 and tells the story of sofie shall. i didn't know who she was. but she and her brother formed a student activist group. and they demonstrated in world war two for the peaceful row of hitler. and this was about her arrest and investigation. very powerful play. >> good. and wild horses? >> we are bringing back allison gregory. and wild horses is a one-woman show. and she tells the story of her coming to age when she was 13. a woman, an actor in their 50s is going to take us through the and it hasn't kicked the sound track to it. from the title. it's from the rolling stone. >> welcome to fear city. >> it's set in the bronx. it's hot. the bronx is hot. the bronx is burning. it's 1977. a really bad economic time in new york city and it's about the birth of hip hop. so this music is about to electrify the world. do you destroy your neighborhood in order to save it. the hip hop rap artist is faced with a dilemma on whether he should do something in order to try to save his family. >> interesting. >> and nice ties. >> nicities. >> i'm sorry. >> it's a really terrific play about a warrior millennial student. it's set on an elite college campus. left wing college professor and a brilliant millennial student. to think that these people would get along and share the same values, but not so. it really really demonstrates in our country today where we don't talk and have a conversation anymore. we are more interested with our own opinion.

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