College Playwrights Festival
Barter Theatre’s College Playwrights Festival is a one-act playwriting festival dedicated to celebrating college undergraduate playwrights by giving them an opportunity to develop their work in a professional environment. Participants spend time with professionals here at Barter Theatre and the final event is open and free to the public.
Barter will offer free theatre workshops to any college student who wishes to attend. Meet other college students studying the arts, mingle with the Barter company, and learn something new! Workshops will all take place at Barter’s Trigg St. Building (201 Trigg St. Abingdon, VA, 24210). All readings will take place at Barter’s Smith Theatre.
The Smith Theatre Lounge will be open for lunch January 19 at 11:30am. Come join us before the readings!
Barter’s College Playwriting Festival is made possible by the generous support of Bert Bach and Henry and Flora Joy.
January 17 at 10am-12pm
The Business of Playwriting Workshop
Catherine Bush, Barter Theatre’s Playwright in Residence, will be offer a workshop on the business side of playwriting. What should my website look like? Where should I submit my work? How do I get my plays read? Come benefit from the years of Catherine’s experience in the playwriting business.
January 18 at 10am-12pm
Dr. John Hardy, Associate Artist at Barter Theatre, will lead a workshop for college students that will focus on directing a play—preparation, rehearsals, working with actors, new plays and playwrights. Whether you’re an actor, director, playwright, or designer this workshop will be an invaluable resource to any theatre artist looking to pursue a career in the arts. Come learn from one of the most esteemed theatre artists in our region! Free to all college students!
January 19 at 1pm
Bell by Sarah Hinerman (Fairmont State University, WV)
Peter is no longer a boy anymore. In spirit of Peter’s adulthood, his father, Hook, decides that it is the perfect time to pass on the family business–his dingy little bait shop. Little did they both know, that this deed would change their lives forever… And forever is an awfully long time.
January 19 at 2pm
A Broken Watch by Emily Pope (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Finn, a modern day bookstore owner, has been chasing Evie for most of his life. When he finally has a window of opportunity to earn Evie’s affection, his roommate Leo and their friend Lucy attempt to help him get what he’s always wanted, with surprisingly unintended consequences.
January 19 at 3pm
Revolutionary by Lee Kromer (Davidson College, NC)
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. These ideals are the basis of the modern freedom ideology, so if Yasmin fought for them, she must be the good guy, right? Right? Maybe not. Worse, the dream she believed in no longer believes in her. This play, inspired by the story of Leila Khaled, asks a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: what makes someone a terrorist versus a revolutionary?