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Barter Theatre’s Virtual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

By January 26, 2022No Comments

Barter Theatre’s Virtual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

ABINGDON, Va.—Barter Theatre will be holding their 22nd annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP) online from February 14th-March 7th, 2022.  Admission to all events is free. 

“We had hoped to be able to hold the festival in person this year, however, due to the current state of the pandemic we felt it would be safer for our audience and artists to move it online,” said Nicholas Piper, AFPP Director.

The festival will feature readings of six new Appalachian plays as well as offer playwriting workshops and panel discussions.  This year’s plays are The Colony, by Gina Stevensen, Jr. by Jordan Noble, Appalachian Dove Song by Chris Welles, The Telling of the Bees by Chandler Hubbard. Barter will continue its Black in Appalachia Initiative, dedicated to supporting and developing Black Appalachian playwrights, with Fish-Tales and Legendary Lies by Anthony Mapp. There will also be a reading of a brand new musical called Hooten Holler created by Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua of the Grammy award winning band, Old Crow Medicine Show.

“While we wish we could all gather together in person this year, the online format offers some great opportunities,” says Piper. “Many more people will have access to these great plays from the convenience and comfort of their own home. We hope our audience will check out the plays and join us for the panel discussions to give their feedback. We invite everyone to come be a part of the process of developing new plays!” 

For more information on the plays, panel discussions, and how to access the festival, visit Barter’s website at


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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