For this week's review, our theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck traveled, as she has every year for more than two decades, to Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, host for the annual Contemporary American Theater Festival. For the Festival's 2016 season, five new plays are being staged in a rotating repertory: pen/man/ship, by Christina Anderson; Not Medea, by Allison Gregory; The Wedding Gift, by Chisa Hutchinson; 20th Century Blues, by Susan Miller; and The Second Girl, by Ronan Noone. Notable this year is that four of the five plays are by women playwrights; three of the plays are having their world premieres.
J. Wynn Rousuck talks with host Tom Hall about some of the standout features of this repertory feast.
[Full disclosure from J. Wynn Rousuck: She and playwright Christina Anderson were fellow students in the graduate playwriting program at Brown University in 2007-2008.]