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Barter Theatre announces 2020 lineup

Staff Report • Oct 29, 2019 at 9:30 PM

ABINGDON — Another full lineup is in store for next year at Barter Theatre.

The theatre recently announced its 2020 season, which is packed with hit musicals, classic literature, new works and everything in between. Check out the lineup below.


“Macbeth” (March 26-April 18) — Murder. Power. Lust. Greed. Dark forces fuel the Macbeths’ sinister ambition for the crown and their horrifying descent into madness. Don’t miss this intimate and action-filled adaptation specifically tailored for Barter’s Smith Theatre.

“Driving Miss Daisy” (April 2-25) — When Daisy Werthan’s son hires Hoke to drive her around town, the indomitable Daisy has no idea that her stubborn chauffeur will soon become a permanent fixture in her life. Over the span of 25 years, these two develop an unlikely bond that challenges the idea of friendship during America’s Civil Rights era.

Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5: The Musical” (May 1-30) — Full of laughter and sidesplitting Southern sass, this Broadway musical comedy is based on the hit movie starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Watch these three unlikely friends as they scheme to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world.


“Grace and Glorie” (May 21-Aug. 22) — Grace, a feisty, cantankerous 90-year-old, plans to live out her life in her ramshackle cabin high in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. She has no use for Glorie, the volunteer health worker assigned to care for her. As the two women get to know each other, they reveal their secrets, dreams and fears in this story about the power of healing and the joy of life.

“The Wizard of Oz” (June 6-Aug. 23) — Join Dorothy and Toto as they skip down the yellow brick road with only a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion to protect them from the Wicked Witch of the West. This joyous classic is a must-see for young and old alike.

“The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” (June 18-Aug. 22) — Storms have flooded the roads, but it takes more than a little rain to keep the Charitable Sisterhood of Pennington Gap, Virginia, from fulfilling their mission. When these ladies meet to organize a relief effort for homeless Guatemalans, they are greeted with a mountain of community donations, and that pile of stuff is hiding a thing or two. Join us in the church basement, where our five angels of mercy will leave you breathless with laughter as they do their best to save the world — and each other.

“Winter Wheat” (June 24-Aug. 22) — It’s 1920, the world is changing, and no one feels it more than the Burn family of Niota, Tennessee. The family’s first tractor is purchased, indoor plumbing arrives in town, and a young girl unexpectedly comes into their lives. Meanwhile, the country is abuzz over the controversial 19th Amendment that would give women the right to vote. In the end, women’s suffrage comes down to a single man: Congressman Harry Burn from Niota. Little does Harry know that a letter from his mother will change the course of history forever.


“Country Girls” (Aug. 28-Nov. 14) — Megan hates country music singer Rick Montgomery, and she and her best friend Kimmy have decided tonight’s concert will be his last. The two teens hatch an ill-conceived plot to kidnap the star in this laugh-out-loud, offbeat comedy. Songs will be sung, shots will be fired, and the girls will discover that revenge ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” (Sept. 4-Nov. 14) — When scientist Victor Frankenstein infuses the spark of life into his creature, he begins a haunting examination of what it is to be human and the price we pay for playing God. A uniquely theatrical experience, this play is a Barter audience favorite and the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season.

“The Girl on the Train” (Sept. 16-Nov. 15) — Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she spies through the train window every day. They are deeply in love, or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has disappeared, she finds she may be a witness, and even a suspect, in this thrilling mystery that will leave audiences gasping.

“We’ll Meet Again” (Sept. 17-Nov. 14) — Jewish refugee Henry Stern flees Nazi Germany at the age of 5 to start a new life with his family in the small town of Opelika, Alabama. Many years later, Henry makes an amazing discovery that gives new insights and meaning to his life’s journey. A story filled with joy, sorrow and resilience, this new musical reminds us to embrace and celebrate life.


“A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 20-Dec. 27) — Relive the sheer exhilaration of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghost-guided journey into his past, present and future, where despair gives way to hope, and reclamation awaits all who seek it. A memorable gift to treasure with family and friends, it will leave you wrapped in the warmth of the holiday spirit.

“Over the River and through the Woods” (Nov. 24-Dec. 27) — Nick Cristano, a single 29-year-old, has just been offered his dream job, but it means leaving his hometown. His grandparents, with whom he has eaten Sunday dinner every week of his life, do not take the news well, and they get creative in an effort to keep Nick from leaving. Outrageous plans are made, a blind date is arranged, and stories are told, with hilarious results. The show is guaranteed to make you love your family all over again this Christmas season.

“The Twelve Dates of Christmas” (Dec. 2-30) — Mary loves the holidays. Even when her fiancé calls to say he’s sick and can’t come to Thanksgiving with her family, she makes the best of the day and snuggles in to watch the Macy’s Day Parade on TV. But when the parade camera zooms in on her fiancé kissing another woman, Mary’s holidays take a turn for the ridiculous. What follows is a year of hilarious and strange dates that bring Mary back around to the next holiday season wiser, happier and more herself than ever before.

Subscriptions are on sale now at www.bartertheatre.com/subs, and prices will increase in January 2020. Learn more about Barter Theatre’s 2020 season at www.bartertheatre.com/shows.