Catherine Bush, Playwright

Upcoming news/events in 2015:


I have THREE very exciting commissions coming up next year. Mandy Williams and I will be adapting Douglas Wood’s Old Turtle and the Broken Truth for The Barter Players to perform in June. A beautiful story – if you haven’t read the book, you should.

Rick Rose has also commissioned me to adapt The Three Musketeers for Barter’s season. Sword fights, romance, murder – this one has it all! I’ve already started work on this one.

Katy Brown has also commissioned me to adapt Antigone for The Barter Players 2016 tour. I love the Greeks, and this is one of may favorites.

I am also going to enter a new play into Barter’s AFPP if it kills me (and it might). More on that later…


My play the Road to Appomattox will be opening Barter’s 2015 season – it will be running 3 weeks at Stage II. There will also be some run-out performances.

The Road to Appomattox will also be given a production at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA as well as Shultz Theatre (Broadway, VA) and Appomattox Courthouse Theatre (Appomattox, VA.)

I’ll Never Be Hungry Again will be produced at Temple Theatre (Sanford, NC) in January.

Sleeping Beauty will be produced at Attic Productions in Fincastle, VA in February.

The Quiltmaker will receive a production by Parkway Playhouse (Burnsville, NC) in May

The Barter Players will produce Rapunzel in July.

Savannah Stage Company (Savannah, GA) will produce and tour The Legend of Sleepy Hollow this fall.

Florida Repertory Theatre (Ft. Meyers, FL) will produce and tour The Red Badge of Courage this fall.

The Barter Players and Barter’s ENCORE Players will both be producing/touring Frosty next Christmas.

News for 2014

2014 was a busy year. My first project was tackling a huge rewrite of Frosty, which had originally been produced by The Barter Players in 2009. Working with the brilliant composer Mandy Williams, we filled in the holes and turned it into a musical which is currently touring the northeast with Barter’s ENCORE Players. Katy Brown et al created a beautiful production; Mandy and I are proud to be part of serving a whole new audience.

Next, I tackled another rewrite – Winter Wheat, a musical about woman suffrage that I’m writing with the no-less brilliant composer Ben Mackel. This piece received a mini-production during Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. We saw what worked and what didn’t and we’ll continue to tweak and fix during 2015.

I also had the privilege of adapting Anne of Green Gables for The Barter Players (produced at Stage II this fall). This story is one of my favorites, but telling it in one hour was a challenge.

Very happy with the way it turned out, and it will tour with the Players this winter.

Mandy Williams and I tackled another Christmas play as well, this one for The Barter Players. Jingle All the Way is currently playing at Barter’s main stage to sold out houses. The kids are loving it and, really, what better Christmas present could I ask for?

Other news: I had 4 plays published this year by Dramatic Publishing: Tradin’ Paint, The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig, Walking Across Egypt, and Cry Wolf!

The Barter Players produced my Sleeping Beauty this summer (was first produced here in 2008).

One of the performances was for 70+ Barter Player alum who were here for the Player reunion. I won’t lie – it was thrilling.

Duke City Rep in Albuquerque, NM is currently producing All I want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth and Greenville Little Theatre in Greenville, SC will be opening Santa Claus is Coming to Town soon.

Had a few productions of Walking Across Egypt this year: Electric City Playhouse (Anderson,SC), NCSU TheatreFest (Raleigh, NC), Parkway Playhouse (Burnsville, NC), Pioneer Playhouse (Danville, KY), Schultz Theater (Broadway, VA) and Washington Little Theatre (Washington, GA).

Also had a staged reading of The Road to Appomattox at the Williamston Theatre in Williamston, MI – finally! A play read in my home state!

Catherine Bush lives in Abingdon, Virginia where she is the Playwright-in-Residence for Barter Theatre, The State Theatre of Virginia. In addition to her plays produced at Barter Theatre (The Other Side of the Mountain, The Quiltmaker, Comin’ Up A Storm, Wooden Snowflakes, The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig, Where Trouble Sleeps, etc.), Catherine’s work has been seen throughout the country. An award winning production of Tradin’ Paint was celebrated in Atlanta in the spring of 2009, and her musical I’ll Never Be Hungry Again continues to be produced nationally. Her other plays include The Frankenstein Summer (Red Light Theatre District, NYC), The Executioner’s Sons, (Echo Theatre, TX), and Just A Kiss (New Theatre, FL), which was a finalist for the 2007 Steinberg Award presented by the American Theatre Critics Association.

Her plays for young audiences have been commissioned and produced by the Barter Players, and several have toured to schools across the southeast United States.