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Barter Theatre announces festival of plays lineup

Submitted by Wendy White • Jan 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM

The lineup for Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP) includes a fantastic collection of plays to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event.

The readings are free to the public and will take place at Barter’s Smith Theatre.

Organizers promise an event filled with “great theatre, great discussions and great friends.”

The schedule of readings will include:

“They Must Be Women Now” by Nedra Pezold Roberts on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

“Charlottesville” by Catherine Bush on Friday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.

“In the Middle of Nowhere” by Bret Murphy on Friday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m.

“Project X” by Taylor Hatch on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.

“The Field” by Emily Emerson on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

“Nightjar” by Hannah Hartmann on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.

“The Quiet Zone” by Augusto Federico Amador on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m.

The winner of Barter Theatre’s 2020 College Playwriting Festival will be read by Barter’s resident acting company on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. Barter’s College Playwriting Festival celebrates students studying theatre and playwriting.

Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights is made possible by the generous support of Bert Bach and Henry and Flora Joy.

Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest running professional 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.

For full details on the weekend and other events, visit bartertheatre.com/playwriting-festivals.

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