Hilarious, irreverent and mostly true. It’s 1939, and David O. Selznick has already begun filming Gone With the Wind when he realizes his script is a dud. Only the legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht can save the day, but Hecht has never read the book! Selznick locks himself, Hecht and director Victor Fleming in his office with only bananas and peanuts to eat, and a single mission: help Hecht write a new script in exactly one week. See the outrageous antics that produced one of the classic movies of all time.
Run Time: Act I 37 min., Intermission 18 min., Act II 48 min. Total time: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Photo: Michael Poisson, Nicholas Piper, David Alford
A funny, imaginative musical that will inspire you to ”Dream the Impossible Dream.” In Cervantes’ unforgettable story, the knight errant Don Quixote and his lovable sidekick Sancho roam the countryside battling monsters (or are they windmills?) and wooing the lovely lady Dulcinea. A moving story of hope in the face of almost insurmountable odds.
Photo: Rick McVey
By Robin Hawdon
A brand-new romantic comedy from the writer of Don’t Dress for Dinner and Perfect Wedding. Diana has it all: beauty, intelligence, a sweet nature. There’s just one problem: it’s one month before her wedding and she has promised herself to three different men. How shall she decide? You’ll be guessing until the final moments in this hilarious romp of misadventures and loves lost and won.
Written by Carol Wright Krause
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The Great Depression has hit the Appalachian Mountains pretty hard, and things are looking bleak when Lena finally leaves her no-good husband and goes home to her daddy’s farm. To make matters worse, the chestnut trees that locals have always depended on are dying off, one by one. When a mysterious young girl appears, Lena and her family’s lives are changed forever. But where did the girl come from, and what does she want?
Just as young Robin is learning the finer points of being truthful from his mother, two “tailors” show up in the kingdom where they live. Knowing that the Emperor loves fancy clothes above all else, they claim they will make a magic set of clothes for him. But these tailors have something up their sleeves, and it’s up to Robin to save the day, reminding all us “grown-ups” that it takes a child to speak the truth.
Jack is different from the other kids—every time it rains, he hears beautiful music falling from the sky. Then one day the rain stops and the ensuing drought forces Jack into town to sell his beloved cow Bessy. Before he can get there, he meets two swindlers who send him instead on a madcap adventure up a magical beanstalk—an adventure that includes a desperate Goose, a Golden Harp and one angry, tone-deaf Giant! A fresh new look at the most fun Jack-tale ever!
Rita is ambitious, feisty, and dissatisfied with her working-class life. When she enrolls in night school, it’s just her luck to get stuck with a empty, jaded English professor who just wants to coast until retirement. A humorous story about the freedom of education and the power of choice. In the end, who is the teacher and who is the student? This play was made famous by the movie starring Michael Caine.
Also: Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
Yes, we are off to see The Wizard with Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion and her little dog, Toto, too! Bring your whole family to experience the eye-popping delights of this spectacular musical.
This play is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022.
Set in rural Virginia, this is the story of Jesse, a boy who draws pictures and dreams of becoming something special. Enter Leslie, the new girl from the city who opens a world of imagination, art and literature for him. Together they create Terabithia, a fantasy kingdom where they are safe from those who don’t understand them. When tragedy strikes, the strength gained in Terabithia takes Jesse forward and allows him to share the magic of his dreams. A story your family is sure to love!
By Ron Osborne
Welcome to First Baptist, where you'll find some of the most good-hearted, sharp-toungued, casserole cookin' ladies in East Tennessee. Former pastor's wife Eidith has returned to church to find trouble. A new pastor has been called from Texas, and, well, let's just say he's no Billy Graham. Membership is down, and a snooty new member has the women at each other's throats. It's an uproarious and uplifting comedy about the old friends who draw laughter, love and comfrort from each other.
What happens when a washed up actor tries to help a temperamental actress in distress? It doesn’t take long for him to discover that no good deed goes unpunished! How the once great film star Larry Lancaster ends up wearing a dress is one thing, how long he can keep it a secret from the scandal magazine Hollywood Confidential is something else entirely.
It's the funniest play about a nursing home you'll ever see!
It's the Golden Girls meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in the hilarious and possibly disturbing story of what life may be like in the not-so-distant future. For the residents of Federal Nursing Home #273, a penitentiary that has been converted to a senior center, every day is a monotonous cycle of pills, old Ronald Reagan movies, and mantatory beditmes, all overseen by the killjoy head nurse who has embraced her inner Nurse Ratched. When a new resident arrives to shake things up, this motley crew hatches an outragious plan to break all the rules and prove that the Boomer Generation will not go down without a fight!
Winnie-the-Pooh loves stealing honey from the beehive, drinking condensed milk and hanging out with his friends Eyeore, Piglet and Rabbit. Then a dangerous creature called “Kanga” arrives in the Hundred Acre Wood and kidnaps Piglet, bathing him with soap and forcing spoonfuls of Strengthening Medicine down his throat. Pooh longs to fly to the rescue, but he’s had so many snacks he gets stuck in the door… oh bother! A.A. Milne’s wit and special understanding of young people make this classic one you don’t want to miss.
The Barter Players bring to life the most celebrated of all princess tales. The King and Queen have always longed for a child and when their daughter Aurora is born, their joy is complete. Then at Aurora’s christening, the vengeful Carabosse places a curse on the baby and all seems lost. Only the skill of the Three Sages and the love of a certain handsome prince can change this curse into a blessing. Bursting with magic, mystery and romance, this play is sure to delight the dreamer in us all.
“We are sowing winter wheat which the coming spring will see sprout and which other hands than ours will reap and enjoy.” - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
At the beginning of the last century, great changes were sweeping across America, including the push to give women the right to vote. This brand new musical brings you the story of the men and women of Tennessee who lived through those changes.
This is a mini-production part of Barter's Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.
It’s a journey through the life of Johnny Cash, as told by his music. The Man in Black was a man like no other, whether he sang about his love for June Carter Cash, his hard-living, hard-partying ways, or his deep and abiding faith. A multi-talented cast performs his best-known hits, like “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues” or “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
By Matthew Lopez
Jasper McGruder and Frank Green have starred in some of Barter’s most memorable productions, and now they are back, in an electric drama by one of the hottest new playwrights in America. Richmond, 1865. A gaunt Confederate soldier stumbles through the front door of his family home only to find two men left: former slaves of his father. With the city abandoned and in ruins, these three very different men are forced to confront their complicated shared history.
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion
An unlikely love story with some of the greatest songs written for the Broadway stage and filled with witty dialogue and unforgettable characters. Sparks fly as cockney flower-seller Eliza Doolittle and the rich and arrogant Professor Higgins combine to create the ultimate makeover.
As a single mom with a job waiting tables, Janelle barely has time to play her music, much less go on a date. She definitely knows better than to get involved with an actor, but sometimes a girl just has to do what she has to do. The morning after is hilarious, sweet, and a little bit awkward, especially when Janelle realizes she’s seen Darren somewhere before…but where?
Forget what you think you know about The Crucible, and lose yourself in this gripping story of suspicion, betrayal and personal courage. In Salem, Massachusetts, a group of teenage girls claims to have been possessed by witchcraft. The town reacts in fear and horror, searching for someone, or some thing to blame. With paranoia raging out of control, John Proctor dares to tell the truth, and risks paying the ultimate price.
Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew are determined to adopt an orphan boy to help them run Green Gables, their farm on beautiful Prince Edward Island. But their well-ordered lives take a surprising and hilarious twist when the boy they hoped for turns out to be a redheaded slip-of-a-girl named Anne Shirley, whose wild imagination leads her into countless scrapes, as well as a place in our hearts forever. Come join Anne and her friends in this timeless coming-of-age favorite!
By David L. Williams
In the not-so-distant future, massive food shortages have led to the unthinkable: the young have risen up against the old, and society has split along generational lines. Two representatives have been sent to the negotiating table, and the fate of humanity is in their hands.
Part of Barter’s Shaping of America Series and the critics’ selection of Barter’s 2013 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.
This adaptation sets the familiar story in our own backyard. Mr. S is the CEO of MS Enterprises, a multinational high-tech corporation that makes ‘everything Christmas.’ He has decided to shut down his manufacturing plant and ship the jobs overseas, until he receives a late-night visit from an old friend who takes him on an incredible journey. It’s a Christmas story just as heartwarming as the original.
It’s not easy being the twin brother of Santa’s #1 Helper–and no one knows that better than Jangle the Elf. No matter what job Jangle is assigned to in Santa’s Workshop, his sister Jingle can do it faster and better. Then a letter arrives for Santa at the North Pole, a letter requiring a Top Priority Gift. The trouble is no one–including Jingle–knows how to make it. Will Jangle be able to save the day–and Christmas? A heartwarming new musical from the creators of Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.