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.
Howdy! The Richard Adams Variety Show this month has a “VARIETY” of music and some of my favorite acts. Sarah Lynna and this month’s version of the “Misfit Toys” will feature Sarah Lynna on vocals and guitar, Travis Weaver on Bass, Oscar (he only needs one name) on drums and sitting in with the band will be the legendary Buddy Thomas.
Two of the Valley’s newest bands bring their unique take on bluegrass to WTA’s Gateway on May 11, 2013. Both Bourbon Barrel Congress and Many Nights Ahead were born in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and share a common bluegrass heritage, but each uses that lineage to move to a style of their own.
Barefoot Puppet returns to WTA’s Gateway with Dreamtime on Friday, April 26. The performance is inspired by a collection of Aboriginal folk tales from Australia. A unique feature of the Barefoot Puppet performances is an opportunity for the audience to see how the puppets are made and how they work. The public performances are at 4 pm and 6 pm at 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.
John Hardy, the acclaimed actor, playwright, director and former Artistic Associate at Virginia’s Barter Theatre, will return to WTA’s Gateway on Saturday, April 27 in his one-person drama Rattlesnake. Hardy plays sixteen roles in the drama with only a few pieces of furniture of props to highlight the action. It is a real tour de force for the accomplished actor. The 8 pm performance is at 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.
This Friday marks the official eighteenth Richard Adams Variety Show. Since the shows beginnings, there have been singers, dancers, actors, hula hoopers, flat footers, cloggers, tap dancers, modern dancers, cat impressions, Tuba Choirs, German Bands, The Judy Chops, Bryan E. Smith, Bourbon Barrel Congress, Buddy Thomas, Kathy LaFon, Wanda, yes, Wanda, interviews and a whole lot of fun.
In keeping with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, WTA’s Gateway has engaged award-winning storyteller, Lynn Ruehlmann to perform her tale of Civil War spies. The performance will be at 7 pm at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main Street on Thursday, April 18. The program will feature the stories of Elizabeth Van Lew and Rose O’Neal Greenhow who used their wiles and skills to secure information for opposite sides in the war. Each story is a fascinating look at the role of women in the conflict that split the nation.