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This story originally appeared on NPR — written by Elizabeth Blair.
For 20 years, brand new plays have found a home — and a loyal audience — in West Virginia’s oldest town.
The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown is a dream for the writers of those plays. Over the years, both up-and-coming playwrights and big names — like Sam Shepard and Joyce Carol Oates — have premiered works there. That’s in large part due to the festival’s hard-working founder, Ed Herendeen.
One of the plays at this year’s festival is called Inana, named for the goddess of sex and war.
Inana is about many things. it’s about stolen art. It’s a love story set in the context of war. In the play, an Iraqi curator leaves his country for London, with four mysterious suitcases and his new wife from an arranged marriage.
Read the full story HERE on NPR’s website.
The 20th Contemporary American Theater Festival runs for three weeks beginning July 9.
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