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Barter Connects is a series of post-show discussions designed to connect audiences with the play on a deeper level. Come join in great conversations with incredible people! Each event will start immediately after its preceding show; You do not need to attend the show that day to attend, though we do recommend it to be able to participate fully. While everyone is welcome to participate in these conversations with us, you can also just sit back and observe the dialogue! Whatever works best for you.


This year the Barter Connects event will also shine a light on local businesses/nonprofits whose missions align with the stories we are telling. Read more about what Barter Connects events we have planned in 2023 below.


* Events curated by our Black Stories Black Voices (BSBV) program will be marked with an asterisk; You may also view all BSBV Events for 2023 by clicking here.


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Barter Connects To Kill a Mockingbird by Christopher Sergel

Immediately following the 2pm performance, Tuesday, October 10th (Gilliam Stage) – HARPER LEE AND ME

As soon as she won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, stories and rumors began to circulate about Alabama’s most famous writer, Harper Lee The time has come to set the record straight. Join Producing Artistic Director Katy Brown as she talks with Dr. Wayne Flynt, Auburn University Professor Emeritus of History and author of Afternoons With Harper Lee, his latest book detailing his friendship with this beloved author. Dr. Flynt will be sharing stories and memories of one of the most fascinating personalities of all time. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss!

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Barter Connects Misery by William Goldman

Immediately following the 7:30pm performance Tuesday, October 31st (Smith Theatre) – A SPOOKY LITTLE GIRL LIKE YOU

In Misery, a novelist is kidnapped by a crazed fan and held hostage until he writes her the book of her dreams… the perfect Halloween story! Come connect with us after the show as we continue the theme with another spooky story told by Jonesboro Storytelling Guild members followed by a discussion on why the art form of storytelling is so important to our area. So, bring your candy and bring a date for a Halloween you will never forget!

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Barter Connects Miracle on 34th Street by Doug Smith

Immediately following the 2pm performance Saturday, December 9th (Gilliam Stage) – THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

Doris’s daughter Susan doesn’t believe in Santa Claus… and then Susan meets Kris Kringle, the new Santa at Macy’s Department Store. Kris and his goodness slowly chip away at Susan’s cynicism until her faith is restored, just part of the Miracle on 34th Street. Barter loves the joy Santa brings to children at Christmas, and to that end, we are proud to welcome to our stage Mr. Don Royston, a.k.a. Santa Claus from the Appalachian Santa Train. The Appalachian Santa Train is sponsored by the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. This year makes Don’s 25th portraying the jolly old elf, distributing toys, food, clothing, and candy to thousands of people along the train’s 14 stops from Pikeville, KY to Kingsport, TN. Join us as Don shares memories and stories from his time on the most wonderful train of all.

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Barter Connects I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Catherine Bush

Immediately following the 8pm performance Friday, December 22nd (Barter’s Smith Theatre) – THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Whether by land, by sea, or by air, every Christmas, millions of Americans find themselves traveling to the place they love best – Home – and the characters in I’ll Be Home for Christmas are no exception. Join Producing Artistic Director Katy Brown and resident actor Hannah Ingram as they talk with local travel agents about the challenges faced by these characters. These travel experts will also share tips for staying stress-free while traveling during the holiday season. At the end of the session, there will be time for you to share stories of your own traveling nightmares… just be prepared for the rest of us to ho-ho-ho!

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