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Hamner Theater featured this weekend at WTA’s Gateway in Waynesboro

WTA’s Gateway and the Hamner Theater join forces once again to present “Lovers and Other (Familiar) Strangers”. The performances are scheduled for 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday, May 9 – 10 at 329 West Main Street in Downtown Waynesboro.


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Wayne Theatre Alliance and Hamner Theatre foster new plays

One of the hallmarks of the Earl Hamner Jr. Theatre is its systematic development of new scripts. Although the theatre space in Nellysford was closed last fall, the Hamner has continued its Virginia Playwrights and Screenwriters Initiative (VPSI) under the direction of its Artistic Director Boomie Pedersen and joined with WTA’s Gateway to present a new series of developing scripts.


Hamner Theater to offer Pinter Festival

“Unlike a lot of plays, most plays, Pinter doesn’t tell you what is going on- it’s just there,” says Roger Barker, an actor in “Silence” one of the plays by award winning playwright Harold Pinter set to open at the Hamner on Feb. 23. “I had to play it to get it,” Barker continues. Barker, […]


The Homecoming returns to The Hamner

The beloved family Christmas story, The Homecoming, by Earl Hamner, is coming to the Hamner Theater for 17 performances, beginning Thursday, Dec. 1, closing Sunday, Dec. 18, with two free previews on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 29 and 30. In 1971, CBS aired a TV pilot called The Homecoming: a Christmas Story. This show became […]


Lewis to perform Let’s Get Personal at Hamner

Acclaimed Danish/Swedish performance artist Annika B. Lewis will perform Let’s Get Personal at The Hamner Theater in Afton on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Lewis in Let’s Get Personal utilizes humor, absurdity and the self-help culture to deliver a provocative performance about the role of personal branding in attaining professional success. Lewis, who is […]


Hamner to present timely comedy

The Prisoner of Second Avenue,  Neil Simon’s timely black comedy about unemployment, is coming to the Hamner Theater for 12 performances, opening Thursday, Oct. 20 and closing Sunday, Nov. 6. The economy is in a rut. Unemployment is skyrocketing. The question is – is it too soon to laugh? The Hamner Theater doesn’t think so, […]


Hamner presents Nat’s Last Struggle

Nat’s Last Struggle is coming to the Hamner Theater for two performances only, Friday, Oct. 14 and Sat., Oct. 15. Nat’s Last Struggle is a powerful one-act, one-man show written by Norfolk playwright P. A. Wray. Nat Turner led the slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia during August 1831; this play is […]


Hamner opens new production

Hamner Theater presents A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet, opening Thursday, Sept. 22 and running through Sunday, Oct. 2. Directed by Boomie Pedersen and featuring Bill LeSueur as Robert and Eamon Hyland as John, A Life in the Theatre has been called a “love letter” to the theater. In 26 intermingled onstage and […]


You can go home again

Wayne Theatre Alliance presents special performance of Hamner’s Homecoming Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net The Wayne Theatre Alliance has engaged the Hamner Theater to present a reader’s theatre version of Earl Hamner’s beloved family Christmas story The Homecoming on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. as part of Waynesboro’s Christmas in River City celebration. The […]


Hamner holding auditions for The Homecoming

Auditions for an upcoming Hamner Theater production of The Homecoming are set for Sunday, Sept. 20, from 3-6 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 21, from 5-7 p.m. The auditions will be held at the Hamner Theater in the Rockfish Valley Community Center, 190 Rockfish School Lane, Nellysford. More information: 434.361.1999.


The Honey Dewdrops to perform at the Hamner Theater

Back in town after their 15-state tour (17 shows in 45 days), The Honey Dewdrops, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, will appear in the Hamner Theater’s Cabaret series on Saturday, Aug. 29. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish have been making music for six years. They play original and American traditional songs focusing on vocal harmonies […]


In the News

- Capitol Hill: Warner introduces bipartisan legislation aimed at increasing TARP transparency, posted Tuesday, 4 p.m. – Capitol Hill: Webb backs Senate measure aimed at strengthening government oversight in mortgage, corporate fraud cases, posted Tuesday, 4 p.m. – State News: Kaine signs agreement with Germany on climate change, posted Tuesday, 4 p.m. – State News: […]


Poe at the Hamner

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A final local performance of the Hamner Theater’s own Poe & All That Jazz is scheduled for Thursday night at the Nellysford venue – and then Poe and friends hits the big stage. The show will be staged at the 2008 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C., from July 12-20. […]


Century-old murder trial brought back to life

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A 1907 murder trial in Nelson County is the setting of a new play by Faber playwright Peter Coy that will open at the Hamner Theater in Nellysford on May 23. A Shadow of Honor is inspired by the true events of the William Loving murder trial. Waynesboro resident Jonas […]