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Show Schedule
Tickets Info

Lying in State

"One of the funniest plays EVER laugh out loud funny"

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

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Opens Feb 11

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Johnnyswim

Presented by January Jams

Johnnyswim

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. 

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Opens Feb 27

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Othello

By William Shakespeare

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? 

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Opens Mar 1

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Big Fish

The Musical

“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.

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Opens Mar 3

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Late Night Improv

With The Barter Player Encore Company

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!
Tickets: $10

Adults Audiences Only

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Opens Mar 18

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George Orwell's 1984

Achieves vibrant immediacy. As relevant as if it were written today!

“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.

 

 

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My Imaginary Pirate

By Catherine Bush

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. 

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Classic Nashville Road Show

“Features some of the most UNFORGETABLE SONGS in Country Music History; Performed to Perfection!”

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! 

 

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Opens Apr 28

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Charlotte's Web

Adapted by Joseph Robinette from E.B. White's beloved book

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.

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Opens May 3

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Greater Tuna

�It�s every small town, rolled into one. I�ve been looking for Tuna, Texas all my life!�

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.

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Opens May 20

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Mamma Mia!

"ABBA-lutely Fabulous! The ultimate feel-good show"

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. 

 

 

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Opens May 27

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Cry Wolf!

By Catherine Bush

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.

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Opens Jun 7

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Peter and The Star Catcher

The show soars deliriously high and gloriously far.

 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. 

 

 

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Opens Jun 9

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The Dixie Swim Club

Five Southern women who, through hilarious adventures, prove that friendships last forever.

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

 

 

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Opens Jun 16

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The Princess and the Pea

Adapted by Catherine Bush from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen

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.

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Opens Jun 28

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Robin Hood

By Catherine Bush

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.

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Opens Jul 19

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A Night With Janis Joplin

"This electrifying concert musical resurrects the QUEEN OF ROCK N ROLL"

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!”

 

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Opens Aug 18

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Peter James' The Perfect Murder

“It’s a night for everyone, with horror, intrigue, mystery and yet plenty of comedy.”

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!

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Opens Sep 8

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

A play by Ray Bradbury

“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.

 

 

 

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Opens Sep 16

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Chicago

The #1 longest running American Musical in Broadway History.

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.

 

 

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The Giver

Adapted by Eric Coble from Lois Lowry's book

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. 

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Opens Oct 4

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Winter Wheat

“As history often proves, truth is much more exciting than fiction.”

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.

 

 

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Opens Oct 6

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A Christmas Carol

"The classic ghost story of Christmas."

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. 

 

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Opens Nov 18

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Over The River and Through the Woods

A HILARIOUS comedy about FAMILY, FAITH & FOOD.

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.

 

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Opens Nov 22

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All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth

By Catherine Bush

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!

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Student Matinees

Student Matinees

Our Student Matinee Program features Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company in world-class plays and musicals chosen especially for students. The Barter Players also perform shows especially for students at Barter or at your school when they tour during part of the year.

Student Matinees and The Barter Players productions are built to go hand-in-hand with school testing curriculum requirements, and we offer free, downloadable study guides, which include questions, activities and vocabulary to help prepare your students for the show. Material correlates with specific state testing curricula.

 

Student Matinee Sponsor:

Appalachian Power

Bristol Office Supply

Dominion Foundation

Hapco

BAE Systems

Bank of Marion

Student Matinees Right Side

To find out information about any of these programs and to book your student group's reservations today, contact Group Sales.
Special rates for student groups are available!
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Student Matinee Shows

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Passbooks & Packages

2016 Season Passbooks Are On Sale Now!

Purchase your PassBook online HERE!

If you are purchasing a PassBook as a gift, please call the box office to purchase as the PassBook will need to be registered in the reciepient's name.

Barter’s Season PassBooks are the best way for you to see more theatre for less! Barter offers a variety of passes that will fit with your lifestyle.

Porterfield Pass--$269 

The theatre lovers dream! One admission to each Barter Main Stage production (does not include “A Night With Janis”), four shows at Barter Stage II & one show of your choice at either stage. 

Anytime Pass--$199 

Perfect for folks with a busy schedule, the Anytime PassBook offers six admissions to any show, any time, any day at Barter Main Stage, Barter Stage II, including The Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. 

Earlybird Pass--$149

With an Earlybird PassBook, you will be among the first to see the show! Receive six admissions for any performance at Barter Main Stage, Barter Stage II, including the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Valid for the first 12 performances of a show only.

Value Pass--$109

Four admissions for any performance at Barter Main Stage, Barter Stage II, including the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Except for Friday or Saturday evenings.

 

The following terms and conditions apply to all PassBook purchases: 

Please call the Box Office to cancel reservations if you are unable to attend. We are implementing a new ticketing system, so next year your passbook is a “virtual” one. All information is kept in our system, so there are no coupons to keep track of, and no worrying about forgetting your passbook. You will call to make your reservation and the “virtual voucher” is taken from your account at that time. Because of this, it is imperative that you cancel any reservations that you cannot attend, because your voucher will be redeemed at the time of your reservation.

Tickets not picked up 45 minutes before performance are subject to release. Expires last show of season. NOT FOR RESALE. NO REFUND. NO EXCHANGE. NONTRANSFERABLE.

If not used by last performance of the 2016 season, the value of the passes will be considered a donation to Barter Theatre. 

Season Tickets (except for show-specific tickets in the Porterfield PassBook) can also be used for the mini-productions during Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

 

PACKAGES

Barter Theatre offers packages to fit the experience you desire! We offer dining, lodging and special event packaging. Find out more below and contact our Box Office to order your package or for more information at

(276) 628-3991.
boxoffice@bartertheatre.com

The Sweet Deal - $89

Pair your tickets with dessert and coffee at Anthony's Desserts

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • 2 Gourmet Desserts and coffees at Anthony's Desserts 

The Whole Shebang - $119

Pair your tickets with lunch, dessert and coffee at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • 2 Meals at Heartwood
  • 2 Gourmet Desserts 
  • 2 Specialty Coffees

Special Occasion - $169

Pair your tiekcts with a three-course inner for two at The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa

Stay & Play - $199

Pair your tickets with one night's stay at the Holiday Inn Express

The Bike and Barter - $515

Offer available May—November, although the package can be booked anytime.

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • 2 nights at the Damascus Old Mill Restarant and Inn - a century old grist mill - plus 2 dinners on the outdoor deck overlooking a 200' wide waterfall
  • 2 bike rentals and shuttle to Whitetop from Adventure Damascus
  • 2 specialtiy coffees from MoJoe's Trailside Coffeehouse
  • 1 free gift from Holston Mountain Artisans in Abingdon. Offer based on availability, room & deck reservations required -tax included

Planning On Bringing a Big Group?

We are happy to accomodate your dining and entertainment needs at Political Dogs.
Please feel free to Download a menu, and take a look at our group specials page.
Please contact our group sales manager for booking.

Group Sales
276-619-5406


Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

Barter's Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP)

This annual festival celebrates the richness of the Appalachian tradition by showcasing the stories of the region, both past and present, and the inspiration it provides the writers who live here.

Since 1933, Barter Theatre has been developing new works and nurturing area talent. The AFPP has gained national attention by developing a process that has resulted in new plays being produced not only on one of Barter’s two stages, but in regional theatres across the country.

Keep on the Sunny Side, by Douglas Pote, first read at the AFPP in 2001, went on to a full production on both of Barter’s two stages before touring to 23 states in 2004-05.  Enjoyed by more than 100,000 people, this poignant love story about A.P. and Sara Carter has been produced by theatres throughout the country. Black Pearl Sings by Frank Higgins, was first read and developed in 2006 at the AFPP and, in 2010, was listed as one of the most produced plays of that year by TCG.

Project Outline

Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights is actively planned and organized throughout the year. 

Here's what happens: A brief rehearsal process (six hours/play) takes place in June with an emphasis placed on clarity, not effect—getting the playwrights words and story out to the audience. The plays are read by members of Barter’s Resident Acting Company.

Following each public reading there are audience and artist discussions about the play, led by Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director, and a panel made up of local and regional theatre professionals. The reading and discussion is an invaluable tool to a playwright seeking to discover what’s working in the play and what needs work. Over the years, the AFPP has developed an audience who love to be a part of the process of helping playwrights develop their work. This process works because the playwright has a chance to hear from the very people who will eventually be buying tickets to their play!

Play Submission Guidelines:

  • Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama) OR the plays must be set in the Appalachian region.
  • Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production .
  • Full length plays are preferred.

Now Accepting Email Submissions!

To submit your play electronically, please send a PDF of the script along with contact info and a brief synopsis of the play to:  apfestival@bartertheatre.com

To submit your play by mail:  Please submit the full script in a three-brad folder or unbound, along with your contact info (please include email and phone) and a brief synopsis of the play.  Plays will not be returned.  Plays may be submitted to this address:

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
c/o Barter Theatre
PO Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212

Deadline for Submissions: March 2, 2016

The playwrights of the selected plays will each receive $250 plus transportation and housing so that they may attend their reading.

For more information, contact:
Nicholas Piper, Director
Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212
276-619-3316
apfestival@bartertheatre.com



Special Events

Special Promotions

2016 Barter Nights

June 14--Peter and the Starcatcher 7:30pm at Barter Theatre

June 16--Greater Tuna 7:30pm at Barter Stage II

June 18--The Barter Players present Cry Wolf 10:00am at Barter Stage II

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. Limited tickets are available. We will begin collecting food at the times listed below, and tickets will be handed out on a first come first served basis. 

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 first performance of each production patrons are not required to pay the full ticket price to attend a show. For as little as $1, patrons can attend the show of their choice. This program is just one of the many ways that Barter Theatre strives to make theatre accessible to the community as a whole.

Sorry, reservations cannot be made when using this promotion. Tickets can be purchased the day of the show by visiting the box office at Barter Theatre or at Barter Stage II. 

2016 Pay What You Can Performances

Spring Repertory 

Lying In State: February 11, 2:00pm

Big Fish: March 3, 7:30pm

George Orwell's 1984: April 5, 7:30pm

Classic Nashville Roadshow: April 28, 2:00pm

 

Summer Repertory

Greater Tuna: May 20, 8:00pm

Mamma Mia!: May 27, 8:00pm

Peter and the Starcatctcher: June 9, 7:30pm

The Dixie Swim Club: June 16, 2:00pm

A Night with Janis Joplin: August 18, 7:30pm

 

Fall Repertory

Peter James' The Perfect Murder: September 8, 7:30pm

Something Wicked This Way Comes: September 16, 8:00pm

Chicago: September 29, 2:00pm

Winter Wheat: October 6, 10:30am

 

Christmas Repertory

A Christmas Carol: November 18, 8:00pm

Over the River and Through the Woods: November 22, 7:30pm

Barter Theatre Ticket Donation Policies

Barter Theatre frequently receives requests for donations of tickets to upcoming charity events. It is important to Barter Theatre to be an active part of the community and to support as many of these requests as possible. Although it is not always possible to fill all requests due to volume, we strive to do our best in allocating tickets. If you are working on an event and are in need of donated items, please read our ticket donation policies below. 

  1. A letter of request must be turned in to receive a ticket donation.
  2. Please provide Barter Theatre with a letter, on organization letter head, stating the following:
    1. Event
    2. Event Date
    3. Reason for Event
    4. What Money Raised Will Benefit
  3. The letter will need to be turned in at least one month in advance of event.
  4. Any requests that are made two weeks prior to event are less likely to be processed in time.
  5. Please turn letter of request into:
    1. Ticket Donation Request, Barter Theatre
      1. Mail to: 
        1. PO Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212
      2.  Drop off: 
        1. At Barter Theatre Main Stage Box Office 
      3. Email: 
        1. boxoffice@bartertheatre.com
  6. We will contact you after we receive your letter of request.