Barter Theatre's 80th Birthday Bash!
June 10, 2013 • 6—8pm
Come one, come all and join us in celebrating. Free admission!
There'll be something for everyone!
Cake • Behind-the-Scenes Tours • Vintage Barter Items on Display • Petting Zoo • Face Painting
Great Photo Opportunities • Trivia Contest
Join us for a block party-style celebration extending from main stage to Porterfield Square and Barter Stage II. Be there when the town of Abingdon declares June 10, the date Barter was founded, the official Barter Theatre Day!
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July 2013 • Barter Stage II • The AFPP is produced by Barter and designed to discover and encourage the talent of Appalachian playwrights and Appalachian themed plays. Barter invites you to take part in the development of winning plays by engaging in a discussion panel after viewing a staged reading.
Virginia Highlands Festival
August 2—August 11, 2013 • 800.435.3440
New Location: Now on Remsburg Drive
The summer’s best festival has celebrated the cultural arts in Historic Abingdon for over 60 years. Enjoy antiques, fine crafts, visual & performing arts, living history, home & garden tours, youth activities, literary events and outdoor excursions.
Barter Nights and Pay What You Can Performances
Barter Theatre celebrates its heritage by inviting patrons to bring non-perishable food items to exchange for theatre tickets. All food collected will be donated to Feeding America Southwest Virginia. No live animals, please.
June 8—The Barter Players' The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 10am, Stage II (especially for young audiences)
June 13—A Streetcar Named Desire (Recommended for ages 17 and up), Barter Stage II 7:30pm
June 20—Southern Fried Funeral, main stage, 7:30pm
A few times a year, Barter holds Barter Nights in the celebration of the history of Barter and to assist Feeding America Southwest Virginia. This organization needs everyone’s help. Rally up your friends, bring what you can, and enjoy a Barter production as a bonus. Even if you cannot attend the show, all donations are still welcome. If you are unable to attend Barter Night, Feeding Amercia Southwest Virginia is always happy to accept donations.
As many people already know, Barter Theatre got its name through the practice of bartering. Robert Porterfield brought a team of actors to Abingdon during the Great Depression. These actors were starving in New York while the farming people of Southwestern Virginia had an abundance of food they could not sell.
So, Porterfield gave these Virginians something valuable to spend their spoiling vegetables on—a good laugh. Now you can experience part of the rich history of Barter Theatre by bartering your own admission. More importantly, you can help your community For more information on how you can donate food to Feeding America Southwest Virginia, call 276.628.9266.
Pay What You Can performances The second Sunday of each production patrons may do just that, pay what you can for admission. Sorry, reservations cannot be made for pay what you can performances.
Main Stage Productions
Les Miserables May 26 3pm
Southern Fried Funeral June 23 3pm
Good Ol' Girls August 25 3pm
Kiss Me Kate September 29 3pm
Dial "M" for Murder October 20 3pm
Sanders Family Christmas December 1 3pm
Stage II Productions
Blonde, Brunette, Vengeful Redhead May 19 7pm
A Streetcar Named Desire June 23 7pm
The Gin Game July 28 7pm
Ghost in the Meadow September 29 7pm
Thicker Than Water October 6 7pm
A Visit From Scarface November 3 7PM
Another Night Before Christmas December 8 7PM