A riotous comedy by David C. Hyer
The state senator has died in a truly ridiculous accident, which has made him a national hero. The local political party leaders are strenuously looking for someone to fill his senate seat. His ex-wife is looking for a bugler to play for his funeral. Buttons, the stripper, and a host of other zany characters are looking for love, votes, the right casket and a big purple squirrel named Mel. Everyone is searching for something in this madcap comedy about love, politics where everything is not what it seems.
Lying In State will have three performances at additional venues:
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM at The Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Brunswick High School in Lawrenceville, VA
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM at The Harvester Center in Rocky Mount, VA
If You Like: The Civil Wars, John Mayer, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, The Lumineers
Abner and Amanda formed JOHNNYSWIM in Music City, USA. The son of immigrants who fled Cuba for the southeast, Abner had moved to Nashville to study and pursue music while Amanda's family settled in Nashville after moving between Los Angeles and the northeast. Both inherited strong musical influences from their parents and both were driven by a desire to chart their own path in music. Abner attempted a solo career with a record label and Amanda had done some recording in New York but neither course was creatively satisfying. And then they met each other in 2005.
Fueled by Nashville's fervent music scene, the two began writing songs that drew from and augmented each other's musical strengths. "Nashville was our incubator," says Amanda. "It was a creative cocoon that allowed us to get out whatever was in us without the need to be 'successful.' It developed us in the best way. In Nashville, I met so many amazing musicians who could care less if anyone ever knew their name. They loved music and that was that. It was so refreshing." Adopting the name JOHNNYSWIM, the duo self-released their debut EP 1-4 in 2008. A year later, Abner and Amanda got married and relocated to Los Angeles. No matter what JOHNNYSWIM writes or where they perform, the excellence of their craft infuses every note.
In conjunction with Shakespeare in American Communities, The Barter Players Encore Company brings you quite arguably the best play in the English language. Each student matinee will have a brief introductory workshop, a two Act performance, and a brief follow-up workshop. Designed by Barter's Project REAL, the workshops help connect students with the language and story of Othello. It is our goal to become a link between students' real lives and Shakespeare's incredible stories.
Othello, a general in the Venetian army, confronts racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance as 'the Moor of Venice' in this classic tale of tragedy. Does true love bind Othello to his beautiful wife Desdemona, or can Iago, an unfaithful ensign, tear them apart? Will their love stand the test of time or fall to suspicion and deceit?
“A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, you simply MUST SEE this show!”
Book by John August
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia motion picture written by John August
Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself. This whimsical, touching Southern story centers on Edward Bloom, whose incredible, larger-than-life adventures thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their grown son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s enormous passions and epic tall-tales. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish is a tribute to the power of dreaming big.
Late Night Improv is an evening of improvisation and sketch comedy. Come and see what happens when actors have no script, no rehearsal and no director; and they have to perform scenes for an audience! Also, the cast will have you laughing out loud with their sketch comedy scenes; a la Saturday Night Live. This show will never be the same twice!
Adults Audiences Only
“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”—George Orwell.
Adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan
Winston Smith is a cog in the giant machine of the State. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston uncovers indisputable proof that the Leader is lying. Desiring to escape, he commits another crime by falling in love with Julia, which brings a deeper blur between propaganda and reality. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his “Thought-Crimes” before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience -- which acts as a silent witness. This is a ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.
Modified productions for schools and educational groups are scheduled.
Jesse McCall has moved to a new town and is having trouble making friends at school. But Jesse isn’t lonely; he’s too busy going on adventures with his imaginary pirate, the Terrible One-Eyed Jack. Jesse and One-Eyed Jack are determined to find the buried treasure, but run into all sorts of obstacles on the way. Everything works out in the end--and with a little help from his Dad and One-Eyed Jack, Jesse comes to realize that friendship is the greatest treasure of them all.
Featuring two of Barter’s favorite singer/actors, Jason Petty and Katie Deal, this tribute to the true legends of country music begins in the heyday of The Grand Ole Opry and tells the stories of: Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and more. Jason & Katie deliver inspiring renditions of their heroes and give insights into how their songs were written and performed. And, what would it be without a comedy tribute to everyone’s favorites, Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield. Featuring your favorite classic country songs: On the Road Again; Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man; Crazy; Hey, Good Lookin'; Stand By Your Man; Coal Miner’s Daughter; Harper Valley PTA; King of the Road and so many more!
Often called “the best children’s book of all time,” Charlotte’s Web occupies a special place in the hearts of young and old alike. A tiny pig named Wilbur is saved from an untimely death by a little girl and taken to live in her uncle’s barn. In the barn, Wilbur meets many wonderful friends, the best of whom is Charlotte, a kindly spider who takes it upon herself to save Wilbur’s life yet again. Experience the joy and the wonder of this beautiful story of friendship at Barter Theatre.
Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
What do Arles Stuvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye and the Reverend Spikes all have in common? They are your favorite, upstanding citizens from the “third smallest town in Texas.” In Tuna, Texas the Lions Club is too liberal and Pasty Cline never dies. As the citizen’s of Tuna parade across the stage in all their outrageous and irreverent glory, this eccentric gathering of oddball characters is guaranteed to make you laugh until your sides split.
Music and Lyrics by Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus
And some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now, she just has to find out who he is... Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming, musical celebration of mothers, daughters, fathers, true loves lost, and new ones found. More than 54 million people worldwide have fallen in love with Mamma Mia! Featuring more than 20 ABBA songs you know and love, it’s the feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over and over again.
A hilarious mash-up of all your favorite childhood stories. The Big Bad Wolf is on the loose, and it takes Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep, and a host of other famous characters to stop him in his tracks. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, this show is certain to delight the entire family.
A play by Rick Elice
Based on the novel by David Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Originally Produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions
A theatrical prequel to Peter Pan, this magical play takes you on a journey. Using the power of music and storytelling, it chronicles the adventures of an orphan soon to be called Peter Pan, and Molly, a girl charged to protect a parcel of stardust from falling into the wrong hands. Join us for the most hilarious-filled evening of madcap fun! In this five-time Tony Award winning play, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. Recommended for the whole family – ages 8 and up.
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Five unforgettable Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. These women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them, including some hilarious and unexpected twists and turns.
“The men in the audience were laughing and applauding just as hard as the women
and enjoying every minute!” – Petersburg, Virginia Progress-Index
The Queen wants her son, Prince Harold, to marry, but Harold has yet to find a princess whom he can love. Then the beautiful maiden Marigold appears at the castle door, and Harold realizes he has met his match. But can Marigold pass the test Harold devises and detect the pea placed under her mattress? Will she be able to prove to the world that she is truly a princess? A fun twist on a classic fairy tale.
Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men are determined to save their countrymen from the clutches of the wicked Prince John. One day when robbing from the rich to give to the poor, Robin meets the beautiful Maid Marian who is being forced to marry the prince. Can Robin rescue her before it’s too late? Join us for an action packed adventure through Sherwood Forest as we relive this famous English legend.
Created, Written and Directed by Randy Johnson
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends.
“A Night with Janis Joplin rocks the house. This will rock your socks off!”
By Peter James
Written for the stage by Shaun McKenna
Have you ever wondered how you commit the perfect murder? Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for a long time. But their marriage has reached a crisis point, and Victor has decided there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever... but he’s about to get a nasty surprise. As a young Detective Roy Grace investigates his very first homicide case, strange forces intervene and….You’ll be on the edge of your seat!
“Shades of Mark Twain with a touch of Stephen King, as if Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer had found themselves lost in a sinister fairground full of supernatural characters.”
Step inside. The show is about to begin. The carnival rolls in to town sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. For Jim and Will, two almost 14-year-old boys, the lure of the carnival is irresistible. They soon discover that a sinister secret lies behind the smoke and mirrors; the carnival holds a dark desire to destroy the whole town. A spine-tingling battle between good and evil, in which only Jim, Will and Will’s mild-mannered father can save the day. This deliciously scary adventure is about friendship, innocence and perfectly captures the wondrous belief we all possess when we are 14-years-old. A tale for the whole family to enjoy together.
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
This musical will razzle-dazzle you like no other. It’s the roaring twenties, and Roxie Hart is a small-time chorus dancer who will kill for fame. And after doing just that, she lands behind bars alongside vaudeville star Velma Kelly, who, with the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn, has spun her crime into a media frenzy. When Flynn takes Roxie’s case, he makes her the latest tabloid sensation, setting the stage for singing, dancing cat-fights between the all-too-willing rivals, and featuring one of the greatest Kander and Ebb scores ever.
Jonas' world is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his safe world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.
Book and lyrics by Catherine Bush
Music and vocal arrangements by Ben Mackel
The world is about to change. In the small East Tennessee town of Niota in 1920, the Burn family is experiencing a lot of change all at once: Their first tractor, indoor plumbing, and a young girl who unexpectedly comes into their lives, while the country is abuzz over the controversial Constitutional Amendment that might give women the right to vote. This musical journey explores the personal relationships, the change in lives, and the stakes for the men and women in a time of deep conflict and controversy. How can one person’s action affect history? In the end, it comes down to a single state: Tennessee, and the Tennessee vote is to be decided by a single man, Harry Burn from Niota. A true story.
A traditional adaptation by Richard Rose from the Charles Dickens Classic
The joy of the holiday season returns with this sparkling production, and a beloved and highly requested favorite of Barter patrons. Come and relive the sheer exhilaration of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghost-guided look into his past, present and future. Witness his release from his small and selfish life to a life of giving, brotherhood and love. A spirited gift to treasure with family and friends, it guarantees you will leave wrapped in the warmth of the holiday spirit.
by Joe DiPietro
Nick Cristano is a single, 29-year-old and has just been offered his dream job, but not in the same town as his grandparents. His grandparents, whom he has had Sunday dinner with every week of his life, did not take the news so well. After all, family is the center and the heart of life they say. With his parents and older sister having already moved away, the grandparents get creative to keep Nick in town. Outrageous plans are hatched, hilarious games are played, a blind-date is arranged, and stories are told; resulting in a hilarious situation taken to an extreme that can be shared and cherished by any family. This show is guaranteed to make you love your family all over again this Christmas season.
Lively Lucy Lespree is overjoyed when she is assigned the “whistle solo” in her school’s upcoming Christmas pageant. Then tragedy strikes! Two weeks before the show, Lucy loses her two front teeth! Although she is unable to whistle a note, Lucy is determined not to lose her solo to archrival Anna Lori Pringle. Come join this exuberant seven-year-old and her friends as they embark on a Christmas adventure that will fill the whole family with holiday cheer!