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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.