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Speaker Sessions: The cast and collaborators for Barter Theatre’s “Keep on the Sunny Side”
April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
When: Tuesday, April 11, 7:00pm
Where: In-person and via Zoom, please RSVP or register to participate
RSVP HERE for in-person attendance
Register HERE for the Zoom link
Join us on Tuesday, April 11, 7:00pm for our next Speaker Sessions with the cast and collaborators of Barter Theatre’s upcoming production of Keep on the Sunny Side: The Songs and Story of the Original Carter Family. Together they will tell stories about the history of the play and their collaboration with members of the Carter Family, along with singing songs from the show and sharing the joy this play has brought to thousands of people. Featuring playwright Doug Pote, director Nick Piper, Eugene Wolf, and members of the cast.
Keep on the Sunny Side runs from April 22nd-May 20th on Barter‘s Gilliam Stage.
About the Barter Theatre
Barter Theatre opened its doors, proclaiming “With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh.” The price of admission was 40 cents or an equivalent amount of produce. Four out of five theatregoers paid their way with vegetables, dairy products and livestock. To the surprise of many, all the seats for the first show were filled. The concept of trading “ham for Hamlet” caught on quickly. At the end of the first season, the Barter Company cleared $4.35 in cash, two barrels of jelly, and a collective weight gain of over 300 pounds.
Today, at least one performance a year celebrates Barter’s history by accepting donations for Feeding America Southwest Virginia. Barter Days happen in the month of June as a birthday celebration for Barter Theatre. The state theatre of Virginia, the Barter is the nation’s longest running professional theatre, and has received countless awards and accolades over its history and has been a launching pad for the careers of many iconic actors and actresses.