“Bush’s play ranges from explosively funny to sensual to touchingly dramatic.”

Jack Zink, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
on Just A Kiss

“More to the point, there is thunder and lightning in the dialogue as these literary giants singe each other with language that sparks and burns.”

Barbara & Scott Siegel, Theatremania.com
on The Frankenstein Summer

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

Atlanta Theatre Buzz
on Tradin' Paint

“…playwriting at its best”

Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier
on Where Trouble Sleeps


Happy New Year to All!

So excited to see what this year brings. Right now I’m in the throes of child-birthing a new play called GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A WALK based on the life of Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail alone (she was 67 years old!). That has to finish up soon so I can get to work on two other plays Barter and The Barter Players have commissioned from me for Christmas (I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS and I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS). Composer Dax Dupuy and I have also started work on a new musical called BOOK WOMAN, inspired by the Appalachian Pack Horse Library that existed in Kentucky during the Depression. So, lots to do.

In the meanwhile, here’s a quick peak and my upcoming productions for 2023:

KENTUCKY SPRING – Mississippi Repertory Theatre Feb 2023
THE THREE MUSKETEERS – Chicago Academy for the Arts Mar 2023
FRANKENSTEIN – Greenbrier Valley Theatre Oct. 2023
GHOST, GHOST COME OUT TONIGHT Cumberland County Playhouse Oct. 2023
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Greenbrier Valley Theatre Nov/Dec 2023
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – Barter Theatre Nov/Dec 2023

MY IMAGINARY PIRATE – The Barter Players (touring) March/April 2023
ROBIN HOOD – The Barter Players June/July 2023
GREAT EXPECTATIONS – Wandflower Theatre July 2023
RAPUNZEL – The Barter Players July/August 2023
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – Indiana Wesleyan University October 2023
FROSTY – Barter ENCORE Players (touring) Nov/Dec 2023

That’s it for now. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

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Catherine Bush lives in Abingdon, Virginia where she works as Barter Theatre’s playwright-in residence. She has written a lot of plays ranging over several different genres. You want a drama? Sure thing. A southern comedy? No problem. A historical musical? You bet. Adaptation of a classic novel? Got those, too. And if you’re looking to entertain/inspire the school kids, she has a slew of plays for young audiences.  So come on in and check it out. She’s open for business.