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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) will host an opening and reception for a new exhibit, “HIGH DRAMA: Costumes from the Contemporary American Theater Festival,” at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on Monday, Sept. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

The WVDACH worked with the Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) to bring this spectacular exhibit to Charleston. It will be on display in the Culture Center Balcony Gallery through Nov. 4, 2019. “HIGH DRAMA” showcases the artists of CATF and includes costumes, shoes, fabric swatches, drawings, props and small-scale models of scenery from past CATF productions, such as “In the Garden of Allah,” “The Second Girl,” “Everything You Touch,” “A Welcome Guest” and “My Lord, What a Night.”

The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) at Shepherd University, is a professional theater dedicated to producing and developing new American plays. One of the top three premier play Festivals in the country, CATF is committed to telling stories that are immediate, fervent and often provocative and challenging. The scenery, costumes and visual dialogue of these plays convey these narratives with passion, creativity and boldness.

Peggy McKowen, CATF associate producing director, also will host an artist talk prior to the opening at the Culture Center from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. The session is free and open to the public and all are invited to join.

For more information about the exhibit and opening, contact Charles Morris, WVDACH director of museums, at (304) 558-0220 or [email protected].

WHO: West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and Contemporary American Theater Festival
WHAT: “HIGH DRAMA: Costumes from the Contemporary American Theater Festival” exhibit opening and reception
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 2019
WHERE: Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston

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