In these tumultuous times of unrest and injustice, the Hamner Theater stands in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters and all communities of color; we remain committed to telling the stories of our community, all of them, giving voice to the voiceless and forgotten. Black lives matter. The great work continues: to amplify the voices of black artists and listen to what they say; to be aware of the systemic racism inherent in our organization and the organizations we associate with and act to dismantle it; to educate ourselves about the lives and experiences of black Americans and the history of black America and to let that knowledge power the pursuit of equity and reinvention of our world.
I saw this link on the Wooly Mammoth website and am passing it on.
We can all do something; let’s all do what we can.

The Hamner Theater Community Conversation Team

THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov in a new adaptation by Doug Grissom

Chekhov UnBound Cast as Moscow Art Theatre

Playwright Doug Grissom watches as Andrei and Ferapont discuss the necessary papers.



performed and produced by the Hamner Theater

About the Chekhov Unbound Project

The Chekhov Unbound project is an original adaptation of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s play Three Sisters. This adaptation is done by UVA playwriting professor and playwright Doug Grissom in concert with an ensemble of 12 actors, a director and a dramaturg. This adaptation strives to reflect the community we are living in and hones in on the universal themes of Chekhov’s play: unrequited love, the yearning for something else – everyone has a Moscow – and the poignance of opportunities missed or overlooked. Another aspect of this project is that it has been cast with older actors so that these themes and situations are interpreted from the perspective of age and experience. Part of the goal of the Chekhov Unbound Project is to bring it to multiple venues, seeing how environment and proximity affect audience experience and expectation as well as giving the actors the challenge of keeping the integrity of the play regardless of the performance space. The intimacy of a house performance, for example, where the actors and audience are sharing the same space will be a very different experience from a stage performance where the distance between actor and audience is more formally delineated. And in each performance, the challenge is to deliver the same story, allowing the different space to cause whatever subtle changes it will. It is also our hope to bring the performance to audiences without easy access, for whatever reason, to theater and the performing arts, where there is interest.

There will be a talkback after each performance with the actors and director.

What is the Hamner Theater?

The Hamner Theater is a non-profit theater entity, founded in 2005, in a community center in Nelson County, VA. Since 2012 it has been venueless but has continued to work in the theatrical community, collaborating with other area theaters, and continuing the “free and open to the public Improv sessions” begun in 2007, as well as our VPSI readings and workshops. We were also the fiscal sponsors for several area performance groups, continuing our support of local theatrical enterprises. In May of this year, we formally took on a studio space at Crozet Arts, where we have maintained an informal presence since 2012.

As we redefine and hone our purpose now, in our studio at Crozet Arts, we want to continue telling the stories of our community; we want to bring to light what has been hidden away, (the Newtown and Free Town stories,) to encourage and foster bold, sustainable community conversations. We want to make a difference in our community, one story at a time, one play at a time. Our future work includes Dementia Friendly Theater; work with the senior population, specifically with residents of care facilities; a summer Shakespeare for Crozet and surrounding environs. We want our projects to be able to travel to underserved or more remote communities where access to the performing arts may be limited. We believe that theater should be available and accessible to all because it is a necessary part of a healthy society.


Mon. and Tues., Feb. 18/19, 7pm – open rehearsal* @ Unity ofCharlottesville 
Sat., Feb. 23 – 1pm – performance – Unity of Charlottesville
Sunday, Feb. 24 – 2pm – The Center –
Feb. 28 – March 2 – 8:00pm – Belmont Arts Collaborative –
Sunday, March 3 – 1pm – Grace Church, Massies Mill –                                                           https://
Mon., March 4 – 7:00pm – the Colonnades – 2600 Barracks Road           Charlottesville, VA 22901, 434-963-4198
Tues., March 5 – Thurs., March 7 – 7:30pm – Firehouse Theatre –                                
Sat., March 9 – 2pm – Palmyra house performance
Sunday, March 10 – 4pm – Rappahannock house performance
Sunday, March 17 – 2pm – Studio performance at Crozet Arts –                                  

for ticket information and for information about house performances, please call Boomie @ 434-960-5936  (NB – admission to most shows is by donation.  The Hamner Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization – all donations are tax-deductible.)

*an open rehearsal means it is a rehearsal that is open to anyone who would like to participate in the process of creating the piece by watching and perhaps offering feedback.



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Questions? Call 434-960-5936 or email

audition poster for our Town

Our Town

by Thornton Wilder

Directed by Boomie Pedersen
and Carol Pedersen

May 8 – May 24, 2015
Fri. and Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2:30
at Four County Players in Barboursville

HIT in action

Monday Improv with HIT
(Hamner Improv Troupe)

Monday evenings at Crozet Arts.
Meets 6 – 8pm.
Call 434-960-5936 for further info.

Recent Shows

The Convolution of Pip and Twig

The Convolution of Pip and Twig

The story of twins navigating the light and the shadow of a complicated love, through well-worn routines, and epic adventure.
Presented by The Hamner Theater

Created and Performed by
Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke

Directed by Martha Mendenhall
Text contributed by Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell
Music by Jim Waive
Lights by Rowena Halpern
Performance assistance by Opal Lechmanski
Graphic Design by Vu Nguyen

Feb. 25 – Mar. 1, 2015
Live Arts Founders Theatre
Charlottesville VA
call 434-806-9506

Previous rave performance
December 10-14, 2014
Round Room Dance Studio
211 Old Michie Bldg
Market St and 7th St
Charlottesville VA


Hamner Improv Troupe

Sun. Feb. 22, 2015, 2 pm

Batesville Market
6224 Plank Road
Call 434-823-2001

Much Ado About Nothing - Summer Tour

Much Ado About Nothing
Wineries Tour

September 7, 2014
Bellair Farm, Albemarle County

August 30-31, 2014
Grace Church at Massie’s Mill, Nelson County
Rain moves the performance into the chapel!

August 22-24, 2014
Albemarle Ciderworks, Albemarle County

August 15-17: City Parks Weekend
Washington Park, Charlottesville
Rain locale (Fir.): The Haven
Rain locale (Sat./Sun.): nTelos Wireless Pavilion

August 8-10: City Parks Weekend
Belmont Park, Charlottesville

August 1-3: City Parks Weekend
Tonsler Park, Charlottesville
Rain locale: IX Art Park