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Topic - Ed Herendeen
Bizarre, intriguing, sometimes maddening but always challenging, Jason Grote's "1001" opened this weekend for a monthlong run as part of the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va. It could easily become the hit of CATF's 2007 season.
The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) and the Shepherd University art department have embarked on an ambitious multiyear effort to build a new Center for the Contemporary Arts. The finished complex could rival the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Center in size and sophistication. There's just one problem: The choice of a politically polarizing play for this summer's festival lineup could unwittingly imperil funding and set back this ambitious project.