The Barter Theatre, Abingdon, Virginia (State Theatre of Virginia)
The Barter Theatre, Abingdon,Virginia. Following founder Robert Porterfield's death in 1972, Rex Partington became the first successor to Porterfield and thus Barter's Producing Artistic Director in 1972. He served in that capacity for twenty years. Rex Partington's tenure during those years is known, among the theatre world as "Barter's Golden Age."