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Show Schedule
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Mary Poppins

It's Barter's big summer musical! Bring your whole family!

Known by children of all ages, “Mary Poppins” is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household to care for young Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters. Featuring eye-popping sets and costumes, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs such as the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," come discover with Mary a world where "Anything Can Happen" if you let it!

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Southern Fried Nuptials

The only thing funnier than a Southern funeral is a Southern wedding! The charmingly funny Frye family is back and this time they are going to get married. Or maybe not? The engagement of Attie VanLeer and Harline Frye has been on again, off again more times than a drunken frat boy on a mechanical bull. Now half the town has been invited, the dress has been fitted, the flowers have been ordered and the gifts are piling up in the living room. Will they or won’t they? You’ll have to find out in this hysterical hit comedy from the authors of Southern Fried Funeral.

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The Marvelous Wonderettes

This musical smash takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet The Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! Experience their lives and loves, as the girls perform such classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” and more than 20 other hits! You’ve never had this much fun at a prom, ever —a must-take trip down memory lane! 

 

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The Understudy

Meet Harry, an underpaid and under-appreciated actor, who is called on to be the understudy for Jake, the grossly overpaid, action movie star performing in a play that he simply does not understand. Enter Roxanne, the charming, lovesick stage manager who just happens to have a prior romantic history with Harry. Will Roxanne be able to negotiate the collision of her personal and professional life? Will Harry and Jake be able to find common ground before it's too late? The Understudy is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of mounting obstacles until all anyone can do is dance. 

 

Note: This production contains strong language.

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Rapunzel

An angry witch is keeping the beautiful maiden Rapunzel prisoner in a tower with one window and no door. When Prince Frederick discovers Rapunzel’s predicament, he climbs her golden braid of hair in order to rescue her. But Rapunzel has a few surprises in store for her handsome prince, including a few lessons in girl-power and a super-cool haircut. With Rapunzel at his side, Frederick is able to convince the Witch and the world that True Love does indeed conquer all!

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Virginia Highlands Festival

The Virginia Highlands Festival will be hosting the following events at Barter Theatre.

 

Twain by Two

Barter Theatre 

Mark Dawidziak is the author of Love Made Visible, the first book ever written about Barter Theatre. On August 5th, Mark returns to Barter Theatre in a one-night-only event you just can’t miss! Mark will appear alongside his wife, Sara Showman, for a presentation and book signing.

Mark has been the entertainment editor at The Bristol Herald-Courier in Bristol, Virginia and The Kingsport Times-News in Kingsport, Tennessee. Mark is considered one of the most authentic Mark Twain actors and is the author of eight books. He has led a successful career as a movie, television and theatre critic and columnist. 

 

Bumper Jacksons

Barter Theatre

Named "Best Traditional Folk Band" at the 2013 and 2014 Washington Area Music Awards, Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to tradition while fashioning their own DIY style. They are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining roots music with both power and tenderness. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited and the dance floor never sleeps. 

 

Galumpha

Barter Theatre 

Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy, and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to dance a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. 

 

Late Night Cabaret

Barter Stage II

*Tickets for this event are sold at the door only. Only cash accepted. 

Barter Theatre presents its annual Late Night Cabaret. This unscripted variety show is a hilarious, adults-only good time! 

Friday, July 31, 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 1, 11:00 p.m. 

 

Storybox Unscripted Theater

Barter Stage II

Join us for a night of improvised theater with Storybox. Your suggestions from the basis for a fully improvised play--a character-focused, vibrant mixture of comedy and drama, never to be repeated. 

 

 

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Twain By Two

Mark Dawidziak is the author of Love Made Visible, the first book ever written about Barter Theatre. On August 5th, Mark returns to Barter Theatre in a one-night-only event you just can’t miss! Mark will appear alongside his wife, Sara Showman, for a presentation and book signing.

Mark has been the entertainment editor at The Bristol Herald-Courier in Bristol, Virginia and The Kingsport Times-News in Kingsport, Tennessee. Mark is considered one of the most authentic Mark Twain actors and is the author of eight books. He has led a successful career as a movie, television and theatre critic and columnist. 

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Spit Like a Big Girl

Inspired by the discovery of her father’s journals after his death, Clarinda Ross takes us on a humorous and poignant journey as she leaves her somewhat sheltered Southern home to venture out into the big world.

 

FREE Public Talkback: After the 2:00PM performance on Wednesday, August 12th, Clarinda Ross, creator and featured actress of "Spit Like a Big Girl" will host a talkback with featured guests from the special needs community. 

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The Blind Man's Tale

It’s one of the best written stories in the Bible—the story of The Blind Man’s Tale in the Book of John chapter 9. Jesus is walking past the Temple in Jerusalem and he sees a blind man sitting there begging... just as he had been sitting there every single day of his life. Jesus bends over, whispers in this beggar’s ear... and rubs some mud on his eyes! Thus begins the fascinating, inspiring story of a man who was given a whole new life by the Rabbi from Nazareth. The Blind Man’s Tale will feature Gary Richardson’s storytelling,some of the world’s best Christian music and a few surprises for audiences familiar with Gary’s work.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Mountain Stage comes to Barter Theatre for an exciting one night only performance and recording with huge musical guests! 

Since 1983, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been welcoming world-class performers to showcase their talents in the exciting format of live performance radio. As Mountain Stage continues their 32st season in 2015, they are actively working to preserve our rich history. Mountain Stage has completed over 800 episodes, totaling over 2,000 hours of performances, stored across five different formats: Reel to Reel, DAT tape, Mini Disc, CD and hard drive. 

Mountain Stage is working to provide you, the listener access to a web based portal that will allow you to hear every Mountain Stage performance simply by clicking a button.

For more information about Mountain Stage please visit www.mountainstage.org

*Mountain Stage is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music

 

 

About the Artists: 

Gretchen Peters was inducted into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014, she has long been one of Music City’s most beloved and respected artists, known never to shy away from darkness and struggle in her writing. Martina McBride’s recording of her stirring “Independence Day,” a song that deals with domestic abuse, was nominated for a Grammy and took home Song of the Year honors at the CMAs, and her work has been performed by everyone from Etta James and Neil Diamond to George Strait and Trisha Yearwood. “If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as ‘On A Bus To St. Cloud,'” People Magazine wrote, “she has already earned herself a spot among country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers.” To learn more about Gretchen and her work visit GretchenPeters.com.

JD Souther is an architect of the Southern California sound and a huge influence on modern songwriting, JD Souther has written and co-written many of the Eagles hits including "Heartache Tonight," "Victim Of Love," "New Kid In Town," "Best Of My Love," Don Henley's "The Heart Of The Matter," as well as the Eagles 2007 hit, "How Long." Linda Ronstadt has recorded ten of his songs, including "Faithless Love," "Simple Man, Simple Dream," and "Prisoner in Disguise." His hit "You're Only Lonely" reached the top ten and was quickly followed by "Her Town, Too" which JD co-wrote with James Taylor. The Dixie Chicks 1998 hit "I'll Take Care of You," was also written by JD and featured on their album Wide Open Spaces, which sold over 11 million records. He has released 8 solo albums, including the 2011 collection NATURAL HISTORY, about which Jazz Times Magazine said: "Souther proves his work holds up as well as Dylan's, Simon's, or Lennon and McCartney's." In 2013, Souther was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is currently in the studio putting the final touches on his new CD that will be released in early 2015 on Sony Masterworks. For more information about JD Souther check out his website at jdsouther.net.

Nellie McKay has previously released five full-length albums, including Pretty Little Head, Obligatory Villagers and Normal as Blueberry Pie. She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the films P.S. I Love You and Downtown Express, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and contributing to the Emmy-winning documentary, GaslandNellie’s music has been heard on the TV shows Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and Nurse Jackie, and she has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic). In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of Obligatory Villagers and Nellie contributed the forward to the 20th anniversary edition of The Sexual Politics of Meat, by Carol J. Adams. Her writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review. To learn more about Nellie and her work visit NellieMcKay.com.

The Whiskey Gentry is “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum," as described by Paste Magazine. The Whiskey Gentry’s catchy tunes reel in listeners spanning from music novices to mainstream audiences, while their musical mastery garners the professional praise and respect of those with the most sophisticated of musical palates. Initially a quintet formed by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the band’s debut album in 2011 Please Make Welcome became a critically-acclaimed success, quickly launching the Atlanta-based band into markets from Tampa to NYC, and at festivals priding themselves as the first to showcase the next best thing. Find out more about The Whiskey Gentry at thewhiskeygentry.com

Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Good friend Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin. He said, “That Henderson mandolin is as good as any I’ve had my hands on. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve picked up some good ones.”

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Consumed

In 1935, tuberculosis claims the lives of one out of every seven people. Thousands go to sanatoriums to sit perfectly still on porches in the freezing cold hoping to heal, waiting to die. But in upstate New York quick-talking, swing dancing party girl, Betty McCracken, is bound to get people living again! At once funny and touching, Consumed is a hopeful reminder to never stop living and, above all, breathe. 

 

 

 

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AFPP: Readings and Films

This annual festival celebrates the richness of the Appalachian culture by showcasing stories of the region and the inspiration it provides writers. This year, along with readings of the selected new plays, mini-production, and highly anticipated theatre productions, the festival is expanding to include a film series, regional cuisine, and live music! 

 

This year's AFPP also includes a mini-production, Consumed, and three full legnth productions: Shake, Rattle & Roll; The Blind Man's Tale; and Spit Like a Big Girl (for more information on any of the full-legnth shows, please click the title of the show to visit the appropriate page).

 

AFPP Launch Party

Tuesday, August 11th, 6:30pm

Come join us as we kick off our Appalachian celebration with unique Appalachian dishes, local beer and wine, and great live music!

AFPP Kickoff Concert-7:30pm - $8 (covers admission to concert, under 12 FREE)

Featuring a rare concert appearance by The Brother Boys starring Eugene Wolf an Ed Snodderly! 

 

Readings:

 

All AFPP readings are free of charge! These events are non-ticketed, so no need to call the box office, just come join the fun at Barter Stage II!

 

An Impossible Combination by George J. Pate

Thursday, August 20th, 1pm

Abetta Asbury has an unusual gift: the ability to enter into the minds of others and release their suffering through a process her family calls “bleeding.” As her brother Harlan slips further and further into decline, his wife, Bella, demands that Abetta ignore a generations-old warning and bleed him anyway. Caught between family obligations, personal dreams, and the fallout that comes with bucking tradition, An Impossible Combination examines the unpredictable consequences of trying to mold the world into a happier place.  

 

Friendley's Fire by John Patrick Bray

Thursday, August 20th, 4pm

In a cabin in Alaska, Guy Friendly, a Gulf War veteran and bee-herder, has just had a tooth stolen during a one-night stand. His best friend Todd, a pawn-shop owner dressed as an astronaut, finds Friendly in a fevered state. Trapped by the snow, Todd has little choice but to enter Friendly’s fevered dream, showing us what lengths a man will go to preserve his friend’s sanity, and what lengths another will go to allow himself to remember his brother, who died in service.

 

Water Bound by Sam Lahne

Friday, August 21st, 1pm

In the not so distant future, a family travels by boat through the strange, famine-racked countryside of the Independent Dominion of Unified Virginias. As they try to avoid the many monsters along the way, their attempt to make sense of their tainted world through storytelling begins to unravel with their stories, and they find themselves torn apart by an all-too-familiar monster and a hidden act of violence. 

 

Prey by Tommy Trull

Friday, August 21st, 4pm

When Julia comes back to her hometown to escape her troubled past, she takes a job working as an au pair for a deeply religious family with a sick child. Every family has its secrets, though – and this family’s secrets are tied up under the floorboards.

 

Dexter and Lewellyn by Jonathon Ward

Saturday, August 22nd, 10:30am

In a small town in northern Appalachia, Lewellyn has moved back to teach, settle down and hopefully start a family after a disappointing love affair in Boston.  Dexter, who has worked in the local factory since high school, believes he can win her back if he disentangles himself from his past.  In a town where the values of family and community have been corroded by economic decline, they are forced to go beyond their dreams and live a reality they never chose.

 

The Union and Crystal Ann McKay book and lyrics by Bryan D. Leys, music Kevin Kuhn

Sunday, August 23rd, 1pm

The year is 1966, and as a single mom and worker at the JP Stevens Company in Roanoke Rapids, NC, Crystal Ann McKay’s prospects seem limited.  But when union organizer Virgil Jackson shows up at the plant, everything changes in an instant as Crystal sees the chance at a better life. Funny and bold, this new musical takes a look at the courage and sacrifice necessary to promote real change.

 

Joe Dawn by David L. Williams

Sunday, August 23rd, 4pm

This is the story of Joe, a man who wears a chimpanzee mask wherever he goes, Shandy, a woman who becomes obsessed with finding out why, Joe’s girlfriend Dian, a teacher with a skeleton in the closet of her own, and Shandy’s boyfriend Eric, an IT professional whose job it is to make sure nobody has secrets.  In the age of the internet, what is the cost of privacy?  Or does it even exist?

 

Appalachian Film Series:

Come out and see some of the most unique and exciting films that you can’t see anywhere else…

Abingdon Cinemall, Cost:  $7 each film 

Tickets may be purchased through Abingdon Cinemall

 

Remote Area Medical  

Monday, August 17th, 7pm

Remote Area Medical documents the annual three-day “pop-up” medical clinic organized by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bristol, Tennessee’s NASCAR speedway. A brilliant look at today’s health care system that has been called “deeply passionate…quietly furious…a notable artistic achievement.”

 

Stop the Pounding Heart    

Monday, August 24th, 7pm

Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known.

 

Big Moccasin    

Tuesday, August 25th, 7pm

Big Moccasin tenderly portrays the lives of four residents of an Appalachian Valley in an effort to uncover sidelined American stories. It is a close-up vision of mountain life, focused on the richness of simplicity, friendships, the fragility of life, and the inevitability of death.

 

Deliverance 

Tuesday, Monday, August 31st, 7pm

In the unfamiliar Appalachian backwoods, a weekend of male bonding for four inexperienced campers turns into a gut-wrenching fight for survival against the merciless forces of nature and the brutality of man.  A rare chance to see one of the most controversial Appalachian films of all time on the big screen! 

 

Little Accidents    

Tuesday, September 1st, 7pm

When a teenage boy goes missing in a small town already devastated by a fatal mining accident, three strangers find themselves drawn together in a tangle of secrets, lies, and the collective grief of the community.

Starring Elizabeth Banks and Josh Lucas.

 

 

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Shake, Rattle and Roll

Rockin' audiences all over the world with this unbelievable 1950s and 1960s era Elvis Presley tribute show, Scot Bruce—loved by Barter audiences—demonstrates his uncanny resemblance to the young "King of Rock 'n' Roll" and his ability to sing, strum his guitar and swivel his hips, making him a genuine as the original. 

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I'll Be Back Before Midnight

Jan has recently suffered a nervous breakdown. Her husband Greg has rented an old farmhouse in the country where she can recover. When George, the hilarious farmer from whom they rent, tells stories about a terrible murder that once took place in the farmhouse and the ghost that reputedly stalks the night, Jan's imagination gets the better of her. The situation gets even worse when Laura, Greg's beautiful, but manipulative sister arrives. Soon Jan finds herself tormented by strange sounds in the night and visions of the vengeful ghost. Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad? When she tries to defend herself from this apparition, events take unexpected twists and turns in a night of unimaginable suspense. 

“Scream, laugh, scream again and hang on to your seats!” – Kansas City Star

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The Three Musketeers

This witty and action packed swashbuckler tale takes you through the friendship, romance and adventure of young D’Artagnan and his band of Musketeers as they fight the rule of the dishonest and seek to protect the ones they love. A story of double crossing, kidnappings, and carefully guarded secrets with lavish sword fights and sweeping romance set in a time where honor and love ruled the world.

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The Doyle and Debbie Show

By Bruce Arnston

Country music’s hardest working duo is back. Doyle Mayfield, a once beloved country star has found his newest partner (who he met last month at the VFW), Debbie #3, a single mom dolled up like a wannabe Dolly Parton, who is taking her considerable assets – and East Tennessee twang – out on the road in pursuit of bread for her kids and hope of Nashville stardom. This hilarious county music spoof has audiences raving from Nashville to Chicago to the Conan O’Brien show. When your side isn’t hurting from laughing, you’ll be dancing in the aisles to songs like “Stock Car Love,” “ Barefoot and Pregnant,” and “Fat Women in Trailers.”

The Chicago Tribune calls it, “Brilliant! Drop-dead funny!

You’ll want to see it more than once.

 

Additional Performances:

"The Doyle and Debbie Show" will give one performance at Heritage Hall in Mountain City, TN on October, 1 at 7:00p.m. 

For tickets to a performance at Heritage Hall please call 423.727.7444

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Curtains

Book by Rupert Holmes, Original book and concept by Peter Stone,

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb,  Additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes

It’s the opening night of a new musical that could be on its way to being the next Broadway smash, when its talentless leading lady dies on opening night during her curtain call. The entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter Lt. Frank Cioffi, who has a secret affinity for musical theatre, to investigate. Will the lure of the theatre and his desire to save this failing musical, along with an unexpected blooming romance, keep him from discovering the murderer?  Can he salvage the show, catch the killer, and get the girl without getting killed himself? CURTAINS will have you on the edge of your seat—laughing—and rooting for Lt. Cioffi to succeed!

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A Wrinkle in Time

On a dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murray, a tomboy who doesn’t fit in at her high school. Meg’s scientist father vanished over two years ago, under mysterious circumstances. Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg and her gifted brother Charles Wallace are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their father from the frightening forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. John Glore’s delightful, wildly theatrical adaptation brings this acclaimed story magically to life.

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Miracle on 34th Street

Music by Doug Smith, Book and Lyrics by Vern Stefanic

A favorite holiday tale by Valentine Davies, made famous by the movie of the same name. Kris Kringle fills in for Santa Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the store on 34th Street. When Kringle surprises customers and employees by claiming he is the real Santa Claus, he is forced to go on trial to defend his sanity. Will he be able to prove to the world that Santa really exists? Come rediscover your own childhood  - and restore your faith in miracles - in this fun-filled musical classic for the whole family.

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Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

By Tom Mula

“Marley was dead to begin with. That must be clearly understood or nothing wonderful can come of this story.”

Finally we get to hear the tale of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol told from Marley’s perspective, which is wonderful indeed. Desperate and locked in a torment of his own creation, Marley gets one chance for redemption. He must redeem his former partner, Ebenezer Scrooge. This begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart is certainly opened, but not before Marley—in his irreverent, funny and deeply moving story—discovers his own.

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Frosty

A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when he places it on a snowman’s head and that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills and the discovery that the real magic of Christmas is Love.A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when he places it on a snowman’s head and that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills and the discovery that the real magic of Christmas is Love.

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The Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris, NPR comic genius

This outrageous holiday comedy stars Crumpet, a rebel without a Claus, who recounts his true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s department store elf. His encounters as an Elf during the season of forced joy have become a delightful cult classic for those in need of a holly-jolly antidote! A delightfully absurd look at the commercial Christmas season, Sedaris' sharp and hilarious observations have rapidly becoming one of the nation’s most popular holiday shows. This production will feature one of Barter’s favorite actors, Nicholas Piper, as Crumpet.