What's Happening in 2019?

Hello AFPP friends!

I’m writing to let you know of some exciting news about the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP).

We’re moving! That’s right—moving!

As you all know, the AFPP has been a staple of Barter Theatre’s season for 17 years. During that time we have read hundreds of plays, and, with your help, developed dozens of them for our audience. These plays have provided some of the finest moments ever seen on our stages.

As amazing as it has been, the AFPP has only been able to grow as much as our very busy production schedule will allow.

But now an opportunity has presented itself and so, starting in 2019, the AFPP will be moving to the month of January. By giving the AFPP its own dedicated slot, we believe we can grow this festival into something even more unique than what we have now. We believe it will be a better experience for the playwrights, who will now be able to be a bigger part of the rehearsal/reading process. We believe it will be better for the plays, which will benefit from a better process. And, ultimately, we believe it will be a better experience for the audience who will enjoy more access to the artists, more discussion and more new plays!

There will be more information about this move as the season goes on, including a very exciting addition to the AFPP experience, which we are eager to share with you as it takes shape. But for now, we just wanted to let you know about this development.

So, you’re probably asking, “What about this year?” This year’s AFPP will take place August 21st to August 26th, and consist solely of the mini-production of Stacey Isom’s Dough and Cookies. This wonderful new play is about two South Carolina sisters who bilk the US Department of Defense out of $21 million! This funny and touching play was read at last year’s festival, and we hope you will join us for the opening of this show on August 21st.

We recognize the challenges associated with making a move like this, but want you to know that we are committed to continuing to develop the plays that matter to you—plays that authentically examine what it means to be Appalachian today.

We hope you’ll come along for the ride and bring a friend with you!


More details about the festival will be coming soon, so check back to this website for updates!


Nicholas Piper

Director, Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights