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Barter Theatre announces 21st Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

By January 25, 2021No Comments

ABINGDON — For the first time in the 21-year history of Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, the festival will not be conducted on Barter’s stages.

Rather, Barter Theatre has moved the event, complete with readings, workshops, and panel discussions to their new online event platform.

“While we will miss the in-person aspect of AFPP, this year’s online version makes it easier than ever for people to participate.” said Nicholas Piper, festival director.

The online festival will feature readings of four new Appalachian plays and offer playwriting workshops and panel discussions.

This year’s plays are “Mountain Mamas” by Daryl Lisa Fazio, “Tomorrow Game” by Brandy N. Carie, “If God Came A Callin” by Madison Fiedler, and “City Limits” by Quinton Cockrell, which marks the premiere of Barter’s Black In Appalachia initiative, dedicated to supporting and developing Black Appalachian playwrights.

“I think this year’s selection of plays will provoke a lot of great discussion,” Piper said. “It’s been so great getting to work with these incredible playwrights and, especially, to see our resident acting company back at work, doing what they do best.”

Another aspect that remains the same this year is Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights’ policy of free admission. For more information on the plays and workshops, and how to access the festival, visit Barter’s website at

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