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Barter’s 'Ghost, Ghost' original play

From Staff Reports • Updated Oct 27, 2017 at 7:40 AM

“Ghost, Ghost, Come Out Tonight,” a Barter Theatre original world premiere murder mystery thriller by Catherine Bush, is playing through Nov. 12 at Barter Stage II, 127 W. Main St., Abingdon, Va.

This weekend’s shows are today at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., with tickets starting at $20. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.bartertheatre.com or calling 276-628-3991.

As the plot unfolds, Ian and Liz Crowell have purchased several acres of remote woodlands, where they plan to build their dream house. They take best friends, Bruce and Claire Hollingsworth, on a tour followed by celebratory beers around a campfire.

Ian chooses this time to reveal the woods are supposedly haunted by a pitchfork-wielding ghost bent on revenge. When a childhood game leads to the discovery of a grisly murder, the couples investigate.

Is the ghost responsible — or are other forces at work? Relationships shatter as friends try to solve the mystery before it’s too late.

Theatergoers also won’t want to miss “Friendly’s Fire,” by John Patrick Bray, playing through Nov. 11 with shows this weekend on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Find out what bees, a polar bear and a man in an astronaut suit have in common in the story of a Gulf War veteran with post traumatic stress disorder.

The play is the winner of Barter’s 2015 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.

Saturday’s show includes a special presentation from James McCormick, director of West Virginia Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture program, at 7:30, preceded by light refreshments at 6:45, and a panel discussion including veterans and experts who work with veterans who struggle with PTSD after the show.

The show includes the use of adult language and situations, gunfire and smoking with nontobacco herbal cigarettes used solely for effect. 

For more information, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call 276-628-3991.

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