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College Playwrights Festival gets underway in Abingdon

Submitted by Wendy White • Jan 17, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Barter Theatre’s College Playwrights Festival is a one-act playwriting event dedicated to celebrating college undergraduate playwrights and giving them an opportunity to develop their work in a professional environment.

Three college playwrights have been selected to have their plays developed and read by Barter’s acting company during this year’s College Playwrights Festival, which runs today through Sunday at Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

Barter’s College Playwrights Festival, made possible by the generous support of Bert Bach and Henry and Flora Joy, celebrates students studying theatre and playwriting. It includes free workshops for any college student interested in developing professional theatre skills. Catherine Bush, Barter Theatre’s Playwright in Residence, will teach a workshop on “The Business of Playwriting” at 10 a.m. today, and Dr. John Hardy, Associate Artist at Barter Theatre, will teach a workshop on directing at 10 a.m. Saturday. Both workshops will be held at Barter’s Trigg Street Building.

On Sunday, the readings take center stage at Barter’s Smith Theatre. Admission is free.

First up is “Bell” by Sarah Hinerman (Fairmont State University, West Virginia) at 1 p.m. Then, there’s “A Broken Watch” by Emily Pope (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) at 2 p.m. Rounding out the readings is “Revolutionary” by Lee Kromer (Davidson College, North Carolina) at 3 p.m.

The winner of the College Playwrights Festival will be read by Barter’s resident acting company on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. during the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Each participating college submitted plays from its students. A panel of Barter professionals read each play and select the plays to be read during the festival.

Learn more about the College Playwrights Festival (CPF) and next week’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP).

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