CATF Adds Two Extra Performances of THE FULL CATASTROPHE

Due to high demand, Tuesday evening shows added July 21 and July 28 (8:30 pm)

Shepherdstown, West Virginia: The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF) has announced two additional performances of Michael Weller’s “The Full Catastrophe”: Tuesday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 28th. Both begin at 8:30 pm. Commenting on the decision, Ed Herendeen—CATF’s Producing Director (and director of “The Full Catastrophe”)—noted that, “Ticket sales for this play have been so robust that most dates are all but sold out. We’re thrilled to announce these new performances in order to accommodate demand. The scheduling is such that patrons can still attend the popular Tuesday night readings (held at 6:30 pm) and see “The Full Catastrophe,” as well.  The readings are free, of course, so this is a great way to really make a night of it.”

Playwright Michael Weller Opening night of Michael Weller's Side Effects at MCC on 6/19/11. Photo by Lia Chang

Playwright Michael Weller
Photo by Lia Chang

The comedic play—based on David Carkeet’s novel of the same name—concerns a hapless linguist named Jeremy who inexplicably finds himself employed by the rich and enigmatic Roy Pillow. Jeremy—now serving as a would-be marriage counselor—is then dispatched to St. Louis, where he moves in with a family to get at the source of their own domestic “horror” by applying a ridiculous set of principles designed to restore love and stability. This causes Jeremy to reflect upon his own romantic failings and yearn for what could have been, as well as what could be.

Michael Weller returns to CATF after the successful 2009 production of “Fifty Words.” He is best known for his plays “Moonchildren,” “Loose Ends,” “Spoils of War” and his trilogy, including “What the Night Is For,” and “Side Effects” (MCC). His films include Hair, Ragtime and Lost Angels and a teleplay of his Broadway drama “Spoils of War,” starring Kate Nelligan. He was a writer-producer on the critically acclaimed series Once & Again.

To purchase tickets for the performances of July 21 and 28—and to learn more about the 2015 season and its stage readings, lecture series, workshops and classes, art exhibitions, and audience/artist engagement activities—visit or call 800/999-CATF.  Social media connections (#catf) can be made at and