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Barter Theatre Announces Return to Indoor Performances

By July 28, 2021No Comments

Barter Theatre Announces Return to Indoor Performances

ABINGDON, Va.— Today Barter Theatre announced the homecoming much of the community has been waiting for. For the first time since 2019, Barter will be reopening its doors at Gilliam Stage for the fall production of Frankenstein, which will show September 30th through Halloween night, October 31st. 

Barter Theatre will also be continuing to perform at the Moonlite Drive-In this fall. Rockin’ at the Moonlite, a musical review featuring Barter actors singing the roots of rock through today, will be showing from September 24th through October 23rd.

This reopening is met with much enthusiasm by the community as well as some caution regarding safety. Barter Theatre is taking precautions based on both CDC and governmental guidelines, along with recommendations from their Medical Advisory Board. In an audience survey conducted by the theatre, 73.9% of participants indicated that they feel safe and comfortable enough to attend indoor performances again. 

Producing Artistic Director Katy Brown says that “safety is a top concern” and extends her thanks to everyone in the community who has been following Barter’s story over the past year. “Without them, none of this would be possible,” Brown asserted, “We’re taking safety very seriously, and we’re excited to be back home in the theater we know and love, serving this community as we always have”.

Patrons can purchase tickets for this homecoming season starting August 10th, as well as find out more information about safety measures being put into place, by visiting Barter’s website:

About Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest running professional theatre, is located in Abingdon, Virginia. The theatre opened in 1933 during the Great Depression. Founder Robert Porterfield offered patrons admission to the theatre by bartering food and livestock. Barter Theatre was designated as the State Theatre of Virginia in 1946. It exists today as one of the last year-round professional resident repertory theaters remaining in the United States.  Barter Theatre is funded in part by The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. 


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