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  1. The Bridges of Madison County (Sep 06) 35 days. Sep-6th to Nov-11...

     Thu, Sep 6th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Music 0
    Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown Book by Marsha Norman Based on the novel by Robert James Waller Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless. With a soaring score, this powerful musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if...?” Director's Notes THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY “There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them.” So begins the book The Bridges of Madison County written by Robert James Waller in 1992. Appropriate, then, that this incredible book, and popular movie, would become a 2014 Tony award winning musical. The lush romantic score written by Jason Robert Brown ( The Last Five Years , Parade , Songs for a New World ) and beautiful script by playwright Marsha Norman (‘ night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple ) take us into the lives of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid and their beautiful love story. There have been several times in my life when a play comes along that I “need”. A story that strikes chords and pushes buttons in me that I need to listen to, I need to hear its message. The Bridges of Madison County is one such story. This music, these words, these people touch places in my heart and soul and shake me to my very core. I have been moved by the truth of this tale, and it has made my heart open up to the possibilities of true love and romance, of destiny and forever. At the end of chapter one, Robert James Waller writes: “In an increasingly callous world, we all exist with our own carapace of scabbed-over sensibilities. Where great passion leaves off and mawkishness begins, I’m not sure. But our tendency to scoff at the possibility of the former and to label genuine and profound feelings as maudlin makes it difficult to enter the realm of gentleness required to understand the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. If, however, you approach what follows with a willing suspension of disbelief, as Coleridge put it, I am confident you will experience what I have experienced. In the indifferent spaces of your heart, you may even find, as Francesca Johnson did, room to dance again.” Tricia Matthews Director, The Bridges of Madison County Cast & Credits Cast: Francesca Johnson: Hannah Ingram Robert Kincaid: Sean Maximo Campos Carolyn: Hope Quinn Richard “Bud” Johnson: Nick Koesters Michael: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Marge: Paris Bradstreet Charlie: Rick McVey Marian: Kim Morgan Dean Chiara: Sarah Laughland Collaborators: Director: Tricia Matthews Musical Director: Dishon Smith Set Designer: Derek Smith Lighting Designer: Camille Davis Costume Designer: Jane Stein Sound Designer: Tony Angelini Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel Corporate Sponsor: Media Sponsor:
  2. Dough and Cookies (Aug 21) 8 days. Aug-21st to Aug-26th

     Tue, Aug 21st - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Family & Education 0
    Darlene and Charlene, twin sisters from South Carolina, steal $20.5 million from the Department of Defense through a loophole. What begins as an accident turns into a 7-year fraud that these middle-aged Baptist women justify. Funny and touching, Dough & Cookies is a surprising look at greed, grief and the extraordinary journeys of a wounded heart. Director's Notes It’s amazing how we, as humans, have the ability to justify actions that we know are wrong. We’ve all done it in some way or another. We’ve watched celebrities do it, politicians, wives, husbands, children. We convince ourselves that we do something for “the greater good.” Or perhaps because, “I deserve this.” In Dough and Cookies we see a prime example of self-justification that comes from a very specific need — the need to compensate for a loss. Grief is powerful. It makes us do all sorts of crazy things, behave in ways we don’t recognize. It takes us on a wild ride through the full spectrum of emotions—from laughter to tears and everywhere in between. Much like tonight’s play does. Darlene and Charlene don’t start out with the idea of stealing $21 million from the Department of Defense. Through a chance clerical error, they find themselves in the middle of it. And then they find all sorts of reasons why it’s okay for them to be doing something they clearly know is wrong. And while it’s easy to judge people who have done something wrong from a distance, I hope that their story will serve as a reminder that we don’t always know the full story. We don’t know another person’s burden and how they’re trying to bear it. And if it can happen to someone like Darlene—devoted wife, mother, and Sunday school teacher, it can happen to any of us. Nicholas Piper Director, Dough and Cookies Cast & Credits Cast: Darlene Worley: Carrie Smith Lewis Charlene Caddell: Ashley Campos David Worley: Andrew Hampton Livingston Bill Caddell: Michael Poisson Brother George: Tyler Cramer Collaborators: Director: Nicholas Piper Set Designer: Derek Smith Costume Designer: Antonio Torrez Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse Sound Designer: Tony Angelini Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel Videos
  3. Ain't Misbehavin' (Aug 17) 28 days. Aug-17th to Sep-8th

     Fri, Aug 17th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture, Family & Education, Music, Clubs & Organizations 0
    The Fats Waller Musical Show Music by Thomas “Fats” Waller Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz The joint is jumpin’ with the new Swing beat to the music of the inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller, who rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs of “Fats” Waller made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood, and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The intoxicating music of Fats Waller will delight and energize audiences as well as provide great insight into a vibrant time in American history and music. Director's Notes Prior to having the opportunity to direct here at Barter Theatre, I hadn't heard the music from Ain't Misbehavin’ since the late 1980s and had completely forgotten how much I loved it. Certainly my Charleston, South Carolina family is glad the show is finally up on its feet and that for the last three weeks they haven't had to hear me breaking into song. This is definitely the kind of music that will have you humming or singing days from now. Admittedly, listening with my ears from the "hashtag days of today" was a different experience from hearing it the first time, it will still always be one of my favorite musical revues of all time. This music and this musical does a body good! Thomas "Fats" Waller was a prolific songwriter and an internationally known performer who died entirely too young. At age 39, Fats succumbed to pneumonia after cancelling a tour to return home to New York City to heal. He didn't make it all the way home; he died outside of Kansas City, Missouri, but he left us with an entire body of work that will keep him alive forever. He wrote and/ or recorded more than 500 songs in his short lifetime, some of which you will hear in the show. So, Fats Waller and his cronies made quite an impact musically in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. The music was fun, catchy, and kept folks moving. I'm trusting that this performance will do the same for you. So sit back, and let this band and these performers take you back in time! I'd like to add a special thanks to the entire Barter family and my incredibly talented and generous creative team. Thanks for the love, Y'all. Take care of JP and my babies... Joy Vandervort-Cobb Director, Ain’t Misbehavin’ Cast & Credits Cast: Charlaine (Mezzo-Soprano): Kara-Tameika Watkins Andre (Baritone): Richard E. Waits Ken (Tenor): Jerrial Young Nell (Alto): Syreeta S. Banks Armelia (Soprano): Vannessa A. Jones Musicians: Reeds: Gary Robertz Trumpet: Sloan Hill Bass: Glenn Diamond Drums: Jack Foster Collaborators: Director: Joy R. Vandervort-Cobb Musical Director: John Bronston Other Musical Staging: Amanda Aldridge & Ashley Campos Set Design: Hana Lee Costume Design: Howard Tsvi Kaplan Lighting Design: Andrew Morehouse Sound Design: Tony Angelini Stage Manager: John "JP" Pollard Corporate Sponsor: Videos
  4. Due to transportation issues: the movie WOMAN WALKS AHEAD,...

     Fri, Aug 17th - Abingdon Cinemall  Arts & Culture 0
    Due to transportation issues: the movie WOMAN WALKS AHEAD, will start here tomorrow Saturday the 18th. Sorry for the delay :(
  5. Looking for a small studio/office space at a VERY reasonable...

     Thu, Aug 16th - Holston Mountain Artisans  Arts & Culture 0
    Looking for a small studio/ office space at a VERY reasonable rate in Abingdon? Our co-op is offering this 8.5' x 11' room on our second floor (above the craft shop) for a $75.00 deposit and $75.00 a month, including utilities and free parking at 214 Park Street. There is a
  6. Have you gotten tickets to this limited time special event?...

     Thu, Aug 16th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    Have you gotten tickets to this limited time special event? Call 276-628-3991 or visit for more information on Dough and Cookies!
  7. Beautiful exhibits up, for you Race Fans. We...

     Thu, Aug 16th - Arts Depot  Arts & Culture 1
    Beautiful exhibits up, for you Race Fans. We have Aluminum Weavings by John Gunther which should speak to you race car fans!
  8. You can still use Barter Theatre's logo as a frame

     Thu, Aug 16th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    You can still use Barter Theatre's logo as a frame on your profile photo!
  9. Our Saturday Spotlight coming up on the 18th will feature...

     Thu, Aug 16th - Holston Mountain Artisans  Arts & Culture 0
    Our Saturday Spotlight coming up on the 18th will feature carvers Linda Childers and John Dickens, from 11-4:00. Come watch them work and try this traditional craft yourself if you like!
  10. Learn more about Fats Waller and this SOULFUL masterpiece! This.....

     Wed, Aug 15th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    Learn more about Fats Waller and this SOULFUL masterpiece! This music is sure to have you jiving and jumping the whole time. Don't miss this limited time run!
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