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Show Schedule
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The Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg Background Music by Herbert Stothart Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard Orchestration by Larry Wilcox.


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.


 

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Opens May 17

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Welcome Back to Ivy Gap

By the author of First Baptist of Ivy Gap and Showtime at First Baptist!

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 Edith 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 comfort from each other. 

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Opens May 29

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A Facility for Living

By Katie Forgette

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 mandatory bedtimes, 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 outrageous plan to break all the rules and prove that the Boomer Generation will not go down without a fight!

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Opens Jun 18

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Sleeping Beauty

Adapted from the Brothers Grimm by Catherine Bush

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.

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Opens Jul 22

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AFPP Mini-Production: Winter Wheat

By Catherine Bush, Music by Ben Mackel

“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.

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Opens Jul 29

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Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Created by Richard Maltby, Jr., Conceived by William Meade, adapted from the Broadway Production by Richard Maltby, Jr and Jason Edwards.

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.” 

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Opens Aug 15

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The Grascals

Tent Jams

Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.

As their records prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or a pop standard. Take for instance, fan favorite, “Last Train to Clarksville.” Non-bluegrass listeners enjoy a new take on a familiar song, while diehard bluegrass audiences who may have never heard the Monkees classic, respond in-kind, not even realizing that the song has beenGrascalized.

 

For more info visit TentJams.com.

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Opens Aug 28

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Driving Miss Daisy

This sweet Southern comedy is set in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1948—1973. Boolie hires Hoke, a chauffeur, against his aging mother's wishes, after she "destroys one three-week-old Packard, a two car garage and a tool shed" when she was "just putting the car in reverse." Follow the interesting relationship that develops between a black man and the Werthan family. 

A moving story of friendship told with humor, warmth and beauty as it gently raises questions about serious issues—aging, bigotry and Civil Rights. Critics call this funny, touching, totally irresistible comedy a delight!

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Opens Aug 29

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Jason D. Williams

Tent Jams in conjunction with Smokin' Pig Productions

After decades of being celebrated for his take-no-prisoners approach to performing country and rock 'n' roll penned by others, Williams has added a new element to his artistry, songwriting.

The rock 'n' roll history of Memphis looms large in Williams' world. He recorded for RCA and Sun Records in the 1980s and '90s, and returned to the recording fold in 2010 and has continued steady since.

At the age of 16, Williams left his tiny hometown of El Dorado, Ark., to perform with LaBeef who had set up a base of operations in northeast Massachusetts.

Williams, who continues to work with LaBeef on occasion, went solo in the late 1980s and found a steady home at Mallards in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN when a snowstorm stranded him a few steps from the Peabody door, quickly he attracted a following and the rest, as they say, is history.

After several years, he left after signing with RCA, which released his first album, "Tore Up," and he stayed on the road after Sun Records issued "Wild" in 1993. "Don’t Get None Onya’," released in 2004, captured the power of his blend of honky-tonk country and Memphis rock 'n' roll and was the birth of his own label.“Rockin”“Killer Instincts” and “Recycled” soon followed and the latest album is in progress now.

For more info visit TentJams.com.

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Opens Aug 29

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My Fair Lady

Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe

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.

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Opens Sep 13

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Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

Tent Jams in Conjuction with Smokin' Pig Productions

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

 

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Opens Sep 18

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Wash, Rinse, Spin Dry

By Rick Whelan

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? 

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Opens Sep 21

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Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles

A Classic Victorian Whodunit

Expect suspense and laughs alike in this popular Sherlock Holmes tale. Brash Canadian Henry Baskerville has inherited a British manor…and a mystery. Strange things are happening on the moor and someone is trying to kill him. Could it be tied to the legend of a fearsome diabolical hound? Can you solve the case before the world’s most famous detective? Join us for this classic Victorian whodunit?

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Opens Sep 25

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Anne of Green Gables

Adapted from L. M. Montgomery by R.N. Sandberg

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!

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Opens Sep 30

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Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys

Tent Jams in conjunction with Smokin' Pig Productions

Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys

 

For more information visit TentJams.com.

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Opens Oct 2

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Plena Libre

Tent Jams in Conjuction with Smokin' Pig Productions

Plena Libre

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Opens Oct 11

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A Modern Christmas Carol

Adapted from Charles Dickens by Richard Rose, with original music by Nicholas Piper

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.

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Opens Nov 21

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Holiday Memories

by Truman Capote, play adapted by Russell Vandenbroucke

"Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter mornings many years ago..." as we enter into the memories of Truman Capot's boyhood, when he was sent to live with distant relatives in Alabama. His best friend is eccentric 67-year old Miss Sook, who has never left the country, seen a movie, or told a lie. Capote's autobiographical stories "The Thanksgiving Dinner" and "A Christmas Memory" have delighted readers for generations, and now they're brought to life on stage just in time for the holiday season. 

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Opens Nov 25

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Jingle All the Way

By Catherine Bush with Music by Mandy Williams

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.

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Opens Dec 2

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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 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!
276.619.5406
groups@bartertheatre.com

Student Matinee Shows

The Barter Player Shows




Passbooks & 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 - $85

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • 2 Gourmet Desserts at Bob's at Barter (now offering specialty desserts from Anthony's Desserts)
  • 2 Specialty Coffees

The Whole Shebang - $100

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • 2 Meals at Bob's at Barter
  • 2 Gourmet Desserts (now offering specialty desserts from Anthony's Desserts)
  • 2 Specialty Coffees

Special Occasion - $165

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • A Three-Course Dinner for 2 at The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa

Stay & Play - $185

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • Accommodations for 2 at Holiday Inn Express, Abingdon

Appalachian Arts Package - Two Choices!

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • Accommodations for 2 at Comfort Inn (standard room $190) or Comfort Suites (hotel suite with indoor pool $210)
  • Lunch at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway

The Martha Washington Overnight & Dinner Package - $445 (Sun.—Thurs.) $495 (Fri.—Sat.)

  • Superior accommodations for one evening, three course dinner for two in Sisters American Grill, two Barter Theatre tickets, and Breakfast for two.

The Bike and Barter - $510

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 Bob's at Barter.
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

2015 Discount Season PassBooks will go on sale October 1, 2014. 

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 (Our Best Value)

One admission to every production at Barter’s main stage, and six admissions for Barter Stage II. A total of fourteen admissions. Now see even more theatre!

Anytime Pass (Savings of up to 24%)

Six tickets that can be used any time.

Value Pass (Savings of up to 36%)

Six tickets that may be used any time other than Friday & Saturday evenings.

Earlybird Pass (Savings of up to 45%)

Six tickets valid for the first twelve performances of any show.

5 to 30 Pass (Equals a $22 ticket!)

On sale all year, while supplies last. Four tickets for anything Barter has to offer for the 2014 season, for anyone between the ages of 5 and 30.

For more information or to recieve next year's PassBook information, call 276.628.3991.

Available Oct. 1 through April 1 only, or while supplies last.

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


Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

The 2014 Play Selections Are Announced!

READING #1:  MONDAY, JULY 7, 1PM

C.O.AL. (confessions of a liar) by David Brian Colbert

Lies, Lies, Lies. There are lies we tell ourselves, and lies we tell others--just to make it through the day. In walks one such liar... Coal. Four people, all Coal, spin this moving Southern yarn of a hard-knock childhood in a sleepy mining town. Together, they tell the daring tale that they've never been able to share, and their wild story becomes an homage to the delicate art of lying.


READING #2: MONDAY, JULY 7, 4PM

THE FUTURE MRS. by Nate Eppler

Tomorrow isn’t what it used to be. After being married only three weeks, a young Victorian woman finds that her marriage is nothing like she imagined. She wants a love affair like she’s read about in novels, but her new husband can’t seem to let go of the past. She time-travels to the future to find the kind of love story she thinks she wants, but the future isn’t at all what she expected. A topsy-turvy time-travelling comedy adventure.


READING #3, TUESDAY, JULY 8, 1PM

LIONS OF BABYLON by Kate Bell

Laura Ann has been at war with her mother and sister for years, but now that her little brother has returned from Iraq refusing to speak, will the Samuels women put aside their differences to help Hank break the silence?


READING #4:  TUESDAY, JULY 8, 4PM

THE GNOME by Isaac Rathbone

While living with his brother after a series of unfortunate events, a man uncovers a magical lawn gnome after an early spring thaw. After the Gnome grants Barry his wishes, some ugly and simple truths are revealed about himself, his brother, his brother's wife and a woman he secretly desires. It is a story of family, greed, snow and department stores.


READING #5:  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 1PM

SORROW’S END by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

Eric doesn’t do exit counselings anymore.  That is, he didn’t until today, when Peter and Sue Walsh have arranged a meeting to help get their son Isaiah out of a cult.  But all is not what it seems in this unique coming of age story of family, loss, and responsibility.


READING #6: FRIDAY, JULY 11, 4PM

CONSUMED by Chris Widney

In 1935, tuberculosis claims the lives of one out of every seven people.  Thousands go to sanatoriums to sit perfectly still on porches in the freezing cold hoping to heal, waiting to die.  But in upstate New York quick-talking, swing dancing party girl, Betty McCracken, is bound to get people living again!


READING #7: MONDAY, JULY 14, 2PM

SALT by Robert McKinney

In October of 1864, a Union cavalry unit makes its way towards Saltville in what will become one of the most infamous massacres of the war.  Along the way, they enlist a slave running north to freedom to escape his past.  But the past is never far behind as both men and women are put to the test and about to discover who’s worth their salt.


 

More About Barter's 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. Please check back for the 2015 submisison deadline.

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 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: Check back for 2014 deadline

The 2014 Festival will take place July 7th-July 14th.  All playwrights who submit will be notified in early June as to whether or not their play has been selected for reading.

The playwrights of the six 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

$22 Tuesdays

For any Tuesday, any performance, you can purchase a ticket for up to half off. Any Tuesday, any performance, just $22.

Regular ticket prices range from $28-$44.  We want to ensure anyone can see enjoy, professional theatre. Just call our box office to make your reservations. (276) 628-3991 Plus, there is no limit to amount of tickets one can purchase!

Barter Nights

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. 

June 10 at 7:30pm, Main Stage The Wizard of Oz

June 12 at 7:30, Stage II Hollywood Confidential (Food collection begins at 6pm at Stage II)

June 14 at 10am, Stage II The Barter Players Bridge to Terabithia (Food collection begins at 9am at Stage II)

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 may do just that, pay what you can for admission. Sorry, reservations cannot be made when using this promotion. Minimum payment amount is $1. 

I Do, I Do, I Do • February 27

The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale • March 8

Educating Rita • May 11

The Wizard of Oz • May 17

Welcome Back to Ivy • May 29

Hollywood Confidential • June 5

A Facility for Living • June 18

Ring of Fire: The Story of Johnny Cash • August 15

Driving Miss Daisy • August 29

My Fair Lady • September 13

Wash, Rinse, Spin Dry • September 21

A Modern Christmas Carol • November 21

Holiday Memories • November 25