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Barter Players show teaches honesty is the best policy

April 3rd, 2014 9:36 am by Entertainment Staff

Barter Players show teaches honesty is the best policy

There are all kinds of lies. There are fibs, inconsequential lies. There are little white lies, trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruths. And then there are whoppers, blatant lies that could result in harsh consequences. But before you try to explain the hierarchy of lie telling to your 8-year-old, remember that honesty is always the best policy.

That's the premise of The Barter Players' latest production, "The Emperor's New Clothes," playing April 3-26 at Barter Stage II in Abingdon, Va.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for ages 17 and younger. School and group rates are available.

Meet Brown, an advisor to the Emperor of Greenshrub, and her 8-year-old son, Robin. Like most children, Robin is like a little sponge, absorbing all the behaviors and habits, both good and bad, of the people around him, especially his mother.

But little Robin can't understand why, week after week, the Emperor parades around in his new, expensive and very silly outfits, and everybody goes on and on about how beautiful they are. In Robin's opinion, the Emperor's clothes are just plain silly, and he's about to find the courage to tell the truth.

Intrigued by the theme of truth versus socialized lying, Karen Sabo, Barter alum and theatre director of In/Visible Theatre in Boone, N.C., adapted the story in 2005.

"It really hit home when I became a mother," she said. "Being a mom who aspires to be truthful with my daughter has caused me to be a more open-minded person who questions conventions more than I did before, and I have my kid to thank for it."

For tickets and more information, call (276) 628-3991 or visit

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