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The Best Doctor in Town

About the Play, Audience Reviews and the Original Music

About the Play

Set in Southwest Virginia and inspired by actual events, the play follows the story of the small town’s most revered doctor, who may just be a serial killer. A local police officer with a tarnished reputation, a reporter who manipulated facts and the doctor’s chief intern, who may be a thief, have pieces of the puzzle. Yet, no one in authority believes the great doctor could be responsible. All the while, patients are dying.

THE BEST DOCTOR IN TOWN premiered during the Spotlight on the Arts 2018 Festival in Fairfax, VA and performs at the prestigious Gathering in the Gap Music Festival in Big Stone Gap and the Appalachia Cultural Arts Center in Appalachia over Memorial Day Weekend.

 Look for us over Labor Day at the Keokee High School Reunion Association, the Appalachia Cultural Arts Center, and new in 2018, The Lee Theatre during the Tobacco Festival in Pennington Gap in October.

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Meet the Cast

Listen to the Original Music


Exceptional Play! 

Outstanding Cast! 

Gripping Story! 

"Well-told and well done."

During its world premiere at the Spotlight on the Arts, Festival, audiences called The Best Doctor in Town,

  "a great story and "gripping." 

"Perfect casting," said others.

"This play is exceptional and everyone needs to see this."

"The cast is incredible. You believe they are really these characters!"

The Inspiration for "The Best Doctor in Town"

Every year, thousands of people crowd into the Wise County Fairgrounds, eager to receive vital medical care provided by a legion of volunteer doctors, eye and dental medical professionals and interns.  Remote Area Medical represents the only hope for  many of the people who wait as long as three days to for free medical care they could not afford.


Veteran Musicians Create the Best Doctor in Town Score

Meet the Musicians

From rock n' roll and heavy metal to Appalachian music, the talented group of musicians who created the theme song for this year's play represent collectively more than a half century of musical expertise. Together they perform as Dr. Richard Phillips and Friends.

Listen to a Sample of the Music



Bill Smith, Tommy Clements, Roger Bullock, Richard Phillips 

The Dark Mountains

"The sad, opening song came about as I thought about the setting of the play. The history of Southwest Virginia is rooted in hardship. The early settlers found rocky soil and little flat areas to plant. Life was difficult. 

As coal was discovered in the mountains, it continued to be hard. Mining coal, timbering, and farming are not occupations for the weak. They are hard, back-breaking jobs. As I thought about the region and the hardships abounding, phrases began emerging. Hard, Old World, Hard, Old World. 

 As this phrase began repeating, a melody also emerged, a haunting melody in a minor key, the notes aligning with the words. "It's a Hard, Old World. It's a Hard, Old World. It's a Hard, Old World that we're born into. Sing a mournful tune 'neath a Fiddler's Moon. It's a Hard, Old World that we're born into." 

-- Dr. Richard Phillips

Music Director, The Best Doctor in Town