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Press Release: Barter Theatre Announces Masks Optional at Gilliam Stage Starting June 1st

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May 27, 2022

Barter Theatre Announces Masks Optional at Gilliam Stage Starting June 1st

Barter Theatre has announced today that as of June 1st, patrons will no longer be required to wear masks while attending shows at its Gilliam Stage venue.

Producing Artistic Director, Katy Brown, said, “Throughout the pandemic, it has always been our priority to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and community. In concert with local officials and recognizing nationwide trends, we believe now is the time to remove the mask requirement in our largest venue, Gilliam Stage.”

This impacts Barter’s upcoming summer performances of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical as well as its gal-pal comedy, Always a Bridesmaid, both running through the end of August. Barter Theatre will continue to offer Enhanced Protocol Performances so that all patrons may attend a production at their preferred level of precaution. In addition, Barter Theatre will continue requiring patrons attending performances at Smith Theatre, its smaller, more intimate venue, to wear masks due to the audience’s proximity to the stage.

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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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