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See a Barter show by helping the hungry

Staff Report • Jun 12, 2018 at 7:15 PM

ABINGDON — Barter Theatre will stay true to its name this week by bringing back Barter Days, during which patrons will be able to trade canned and dried food items for show admission.

The theatre will be hosting three Barter Days on June 13, 14 and 15. On these days, Feeding America Southwest Virginia will partner with the theatre to give patrons an opportunity to see a show at no cost, while also helping those in need in the community.

Barter Days lineup

• June 13: “Steel Magnolias” at 7:30 p.m.

• June 14: “The Lemonade Stand” at 7:30 p.m.

• June 15: “Billy, Goat, Gruff: The Musical” at 10 a.m.

Each of these shows is deemed appropriate for audience members of all ages.


In 1933, during the Great Depression, Robert Porterfield founded Barter Theatre on the idea that “with vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh.”

Porterfield’s concept caught on quickly and by the end of the first season, the Barter Company cleared $4.35 in cash, two barrels of jelly and a collective weight gain of more than 300 pounds.


No advance reservations can be made for tickets that will be purchased with goods. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number of seats available.

For further information about Barter Days policies or shows, visit bartertheatre.com or call the box office at (276) 628-3991.

Barter Theatre is funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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