ETSU Theatre and Dance to present “Tradin’ Paint”


JOHNSON CITY (November 13, 2013) – The checkered flag will wave as East Tennessee State University’s Division of Theatre and Dance presents the play “Tradin’ Paint” Nov. 21-24 in the Bud Frank Theatre.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, Nov. 21-23, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24.

“Tradin’ Paint” tells the story of Darla Frye, an insecure young woman whose quest to find her destiny takes her into the world of stock car racing, a journey that 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 is written by Barter Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence Catherine Bush, who has written numerous shows that have appeared on the Barter stage, including “The Other Side of the Mountain,” “The Quiltmaker,” “Wooden Snowflakes,” “Where Trouble Sleeps,” “Comin’ Up a Storm” and “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again.”

“Tradin’ Paint” made its world premiere at Barter Theatre in 2007 and will be directed by ETSU student Brock Cooley under the supervision of Bobby Funk, professor of theater and dance. Cooley recently was selected for the SDC Student Director Fellowship Program and to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C.

A native of Nashville, Cooley will direct the play as part of his thesis project for the ETSU Honors College.

The “Tradin’ Paint” cast includes Kathryn Patterson, Jay Bales, Nick Balcells, Hannah Hasch, Ben Riggs, Josh Holley, Justin Aubin, Michael Lee, Regan James, Aryn King and Danielle Tucker.  Kaylee Buchanon is stage manager, with Alison Henderson as assistant stage manager, guest artist Krista Guffey as costume designer, Melissa Shafer as lighting designer/technical director, Dr. Delbert Hall as scenic designer and Scott Koenig as sound designer.

For tickets or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, visit or call (423) 439-6511.

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