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Show Schedule
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Shake, Rattle and Roll

A Rockin' Tribute to The King

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. 

276-628-3991
Opens Aug 27

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I'll Be Back Before Midnight

A comedy thriller by Peter Colley

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

276-628-3991
Opens Sep 4

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The Three Musketeers

A world premiere adaptation by Catherine Bush from the novel by Alexandre Dumas

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.

276-628-3991
Opens Sep 12

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The Doyle and Debbie Show

Side-splitting & rollicking; the perfect blend of comedy & country music

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.

 

Additional Performances:

"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

276-628-3991
Opens Sep 22

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Curtains

A murder mystery musical comedy!

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!

276-628-3991
Opens Sep 25

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A Wrinkle in Time

Adapted by John Glore from Madeline L'Engle

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.

276-628-3991
Opens Oct 6

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Miracle on 34th Street

A Family Holiday Tradition

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.

276-628-3991
Opens Nov 20

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Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

A Ghostly Christmas Story

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.

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Opens Nov 24

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Frosty

Written by Catherine Bush with music by Mandy Williams

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.

276-628-3991
Opens Dec 1

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The Santaland Diaries

A Holiday Special Event

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.

276-628-3991
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 Matinee Sponsor:

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

2016 Season Passbooks will be on sale in October! 

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 

The theatre lovers dream! Receive one admission to 7 Barter Main Stage shows, plus four admissions to any show at Barter Stage II and a floating ticket good for Barter Main Stage, Stage II or The Tent! A total of 12 admissions. 

Anytime Pass 

Perfect for folks with a busy schedule, the Anytime PassBook offers 6 tickets good for any show at all three Barter venues in 2016 (Main Stage, Barter Stage II and The Tent).

Value Pass

Four admissions to any show at all three Barter venues in 2016 (Main Stage, Barter Stage II and The Tent). Excludes Fridays and Saturday evening performances

Earlybird Pass 

With an Earlybird PassBook, you will be among the first to see the show! Receive 6 admissions good for all three Barter venues in 2016 (Main Stage, Barter Stage II and The Tent); valid ONLY for the first 12 performances of each production

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

Click Here to Purchase 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 - $88

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • 2 Gourmet Desserts at Political Dogs
  • 2 Specialty Coffees

The Whole Shebang - $110

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

Special Occasion - $169

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

Stay & Play - $192

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • Accommodations for 2 at Holiday Inn Express, Abingdon (Subject to Hotel Availability)

Appalachian Experience - Two Choices! - $194 or $214

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production
  • Accommodations for 2 at Comfort Inn (standard room $194) or Comfort Suites (hotel suite with indoor pool $214) (Subject to Hotel Availability)
  • 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. (Subject to Hotel Availability)

The Bike and Barter - $514

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

Barter Nights

June 16 – The Marvelous Wonderettes – Show begins at 7:30pm. Donated canned goods will be exchanged for tickets beginning at 6:30pm. Barter will guarantee at least 50 seats to patrons on a first come-first served basis. 

June 18 – Mary Poppins – Show begins at 7:30pm. Donated canned goods will be exchanged for tickets beginning at 6:30pm. Barter will guarantee at least 150 seats to patrons on a first come-first served basis. 

June 20 – The Barter Players' The Old Turtle and the Broken Truth – 10:00am. Donated canned goods will be exchanged for tickets beginning at 9am. 

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

Spring Rep

The Road to Appomattox • February 5

Anything Goes • February 14

The Miracle Worker • February 26

Love, Sex and the IRS • March 5

The Gnome • March 13

The Starving • April 21

Stonewall Country • April 23

Summer Rep

Mary’s Wedding • May 16

Mary Poppins • May 23

Southern Fried Nuptials • June 4

The Marvelous Wonderettes • June 11

The Understudy • July 1

Fall Rep

The Blind Man’s Tale • August 12

Shake, Rattle and Roll • August 27

Confessions of a Liar • September 3

The Three Musketeers • September 12

The Doyle and Debbie Show • September 22

Curtains! • September 25

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight • October 3

Christmas Rep

Miracle on 34th Street • November 20

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol • November 24

THE TENT

Stonewall Country • June 18

Keep on the Sunny Side • July 19

The Boy in the Box • August 30

The Santaland Diaries • December 2