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King University News :: King Professor Panelist for Barter Theatre’s 2014 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

BRISTOL, Tenn., - Assistant Professor of English Brandon Story recently served as a panelist for Barter Theatre’s 2014 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP). The festival develops and nurtures new Appalachian plays and playwrights through an open submission process.

“Appalachian literature is my field,” says Story. “It is exciting to see folks who are creating works based in Appalachia.”

Story has a long connection to the Barter Theatre. He worked on many Barter productions as a musician and appeared in the original cast and soundtrack recording of Barter’s “Man of Constant Sorrow: The Story of the Stanley Brothers.”

Each submission to the festival is either by an Appalachian playwright or has Appalachia as a setting. This year, more than 100 plays were submitted. The plays were then narrowed down to seven, which were viewed as staged readings by the panel. After the reading, the panel members along with the audience provide constructive critiques during a talkback session, which are moderated by Barter’s Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose.

“The playwrights are present during the festival; however, no one is aware of who penned which play,” says Story. “With each play still in process, this is a great way for playwrights to receive feedback on their play.

Story adds, “At the festival’s end, panelists and AFPP staff choose one play for a more fully realized Barter production. If you are interested in the process of writing a play, of what goes into the finished script, this is the perfect event in which to become involved.”

Previous AFPP panelists from King University include Elizabeth L. Dollar, associate professor of Theatre and chair of King’s Theatre Department, and Dr. Craig McDonald, professor of English and Chair of King’s English Department.