Capital Fringe and Source Festival are in the rearview. How will lovers of new and inexpensive work whet their appetites before next summer? Look no further than the Kennedy Center’s 12th Annual Page-Stage Festival. Coming at you this Labor Day weekend, Page-to-Stage is a collection of free readings and rehearsals of work being developed by local Washington and Baltimore-area theatre artists. To help you plan ahead, theatreWashington breaks down who’s doing what.
A short 90-minute drive will transport Washingtonians to a place serene and green where theatre is paramount. It’s The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) in bucolic Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the epicenter of a celebrated five-play repertory through July 29. Led by founder and producing director Ed Herendeen, CATF has been producing and developing new American plays since 1991. More than two-thirds of the festival’s audiences come from the Washington and Baltimore areas, and many come for two or three days to see multiple plays.
Among this season’s 12 actors are Philip Goodwin and Johanna Day, familiar faces both on Washington and Broadway stages as well as in movies and television.