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Tradin’ Paint

Available from Dramatic Publishing
Cast Size: 8 (6M, 2W)
Halley Smoot thirties; black, gay college professor
Darla Frye thirties; fraught with “deep-seated insecurities”
Coty Webb thirties; Darla’s verbally abusive boyfriend
Lucky Tibbs thirties, female crew chief
Skeeter Jett thirties, stock car racer and Lucky’s husband
Pierce Garbarino thirties; stock car racer
Tucker Forbush thirties; stock car racer
Flagman late thirties; works at the racetrack
Jack late thirties; Halley’s lover, very “GQ”
The Boss fifties; head of racing’s governing body
Football Player left tackle for the Lebanon Badgers
NOTE: The roles of Flagman, Jack, Football Player and The Boss are to be played by the same actor.


Darla Frye is fraught with “deep-seated insecurities.” Her mother is dead, her boyfriend is delusional, and her job stocking auto parts is going nowhere fast. Then one night, on a deserted country road, Lucky Tibbs teaches Darla how to change a flat tire – and in doing so, change her life. Now Darla is on a quest to find her true “destiny”, a journey that takes her into the world of stock car racing and includes an unexpected friendship with a gay college professor, a head-on collision with a car battery, and a heavenly visit with the late Dale Earnhardt. It’s one helluva ride with a lot of “tradin’ paint” but Darla discovers that it’s the bump in the road that makes the trip worthwhile…

Two Acts
Approximate Running Time: 1h 50m

Production History

2006 Winner of Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

Tradin’ Paint was first produced in 2007 by Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA), Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director.

Subsequent productions:

2009 Theatre in the Square (Marietta, GA), Palmer Wells, Producing Director

2010 Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (Mars Hill, NC), Bill Gregg, Artistic Director


“…a charming, joyful and moving comedy about racing and romance, dreams and destiny.”

“…one of the funniest and most engaging plays I've seen this year.”
Atlanta Theatre Buzz

“…a light and lively romp.”
Jim Cavener, Asheville Citizen-Times