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Campbell's Play Produced in The Barter Theatre's Fall Season
Ashley Walker - 10/15/2019

Campbell's Play Produced in The Barter Theatre's Fall Season


Lee University's Stacey Isom Campbell had her play "The Loophole" produced at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, as part of Barter's fall season. This is the play's first LORT (League of Regional Theatres) production, which is a classification for professional productions. This first professional production will run until November.


"The Loophole" is about Darlene and Charlene, twin sisters from South Carolina, who steal 20.5-million dollars from the Department of Defense through a loophole. What begins as an accident turns into a seven-year fraud that these middle-aged Baptist women justify. David, Darlene's husband, takes the audience on this journey to understand why she committed this crime but comes away with an unexpected revelation. While "The Loophole" is a cautionary story about greed, it is also about grief and the surprising journeys of a wounded heart.


The play is loosely based on an actual historical case, and the prosecuting attorney from the actual case, Winston Holiday, attended the opening night show. Campbell and Holiday conducted a talkback together, along with Nick Piper and Richard Rose. Piper has worked on the play with Campbell for the past three years and is playing the lead role this year. Rose is the producing director of The Barter Theatre, who also worked with Campbell on the play this year.


"It was a thrill to meet Winston and hear him talk about the real case," said Campbell. "He was really generous in his comments about the play, and he really understood the play's themes. He said that he prosecutes people who make small mistakes that lead to bigger mistakes, but that they are almost always nice, normal people, and he loved that my play showed that."


Campbell joined Lee's Department of English as an assistant professor of creative writing in 2007. Her plays include "When Mountains Move," "Laundry at the Coin & Spin," and "On the 8's." Her plays have received the Dan I Rodden Jr Play Award (winner) and placed at The O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference (semi-finalist), the Seven Devils Theatre Conference (semi-finalist), the Rose Henley Playwriting Competition (finalist), and the Playwright's Theater (finalist).


For more information about the production of "The Loophole" at The Barter Theatre, visit


For a review of this production of "The Loophole," visit

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