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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).

 

Special Events: 

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! 

Consumed Opening Picnic at The Tent

Tuesday, August 18th, 5:15pm

BBQ on the Barter Square before the opening performance of this year's mini-production. Meet the playwright and the other artists involved and hear about how we take a play from the page to the stage! 

 

 

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 the Barter Theatre box office or by clicking the link above. 

 

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

Now a musical! A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, 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.