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Barter Theatre Presents Annual Playwriting Festival Lineup

Contributed • Jan 23, 2020 at 9:30 AM

ABINGDON – Barter’s 20th Annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights begins today at Barter’s Smith Theatre.

The event runs through Sunday.

The festival has gained national attention by developing new Appalachian plays that have gone on to be produced not only on one of Barter’s two stages but in regional theaters across the country.

The play readings take place at Barter’s Smith Theatre and are free of charge. The plays are read by Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company, and each play reading is followed by a discussion with a panel and the audience.

“Both the reading and the discussion are a crucial part of the new play development process,” says Nicholas Piper, the festival’s director. “Getting feedback from an audience is fundamental to helping the playwright refine their play.”

The 2020 lineup includes: “They Must be Women Now” by Nedra Pezold Roberts; “Charlottesville” by Catherine Bush; “In the Middle of Nowhere” by Bret Murphy; “Project X” by Taylor Hatch; “The Field” by Emily Emerson; “Nightjar” by Hannah Hartmann; and “The Quiet Zone” by Augusto Federico Amador.

“I’m truly excited about this selection of plays,” says Piper. “I hope people will come out and be part of the process of developing new Appalachian work.”

For full details on the event and lineup, visit www.bartertheatre.com/playwriting-festivals or call 276-628-3991. You can RSVP with Barter Theatre’s Box Office by calling 276-628-3991, but no reservations are required. This event is free to the public.

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