Daughters of the Appalachians

Onstage April 30 – May 10, 2009

by Linda Goodman

Directed by Boomie Pedersen
Featuring Kate Adamson, Chris Courtenay, Rose Harper, Kerry Moran, Holly Schumann and Melissa Wender

Holly Schumann, Kate Adamson, Chris Courtenay, Melissa Wender, Rose Harper, Kerry Moran

Holly Schumann, Kate Adamson, Chris Courtenay, Melissa Wender, Rose Harper, Kerry Moran

Melissa Wender, Kate Adamson, Chris Courtenay, Holly Schumann,

All seats for this production are Pay-What-You-Will.

All performances are SOLD-OUT.
Call 434 361 1999 to be added to our waiting list.
Reserved seats will be released 5 minutes before curtain time, please call to let us know if you will be late, or if you will not be able to make the show.

There will be a Talkback with Linda Goodman, cast & crew following the performance on Saturday, May 9.

Mother’s Day Special – Sunday, May 10 at 2:00pm
Bring your mother/daughter for tea & cookies.
Booksigning with Linda Goodman following the performance (available for $10, while supplies last).

Performances held:
Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm
Thursday, May 7 – Saturday, May 9 at 7:30pm**Sold-Out**
Sunday, May 10 at 2:00pm **Sold-Out**

This show includes adult themes. Parental discretion advised.
Please call if you have questions.

Six women, six stories, six lives -
intersecting in the heart of the Southern Appalachians.

Meet Harlene, whose dog is both her anchor and her best friend, Boojie, whose star-crossed lover changed her life, Nellveda Hawkins, who may or may not be the devil incarnate, Sara Jane, a woman who understands true beauty, Jessie, who should have been more careful what she wished for, and Martha Potter, a woman ruled by simple truths.
As you share their joys and sorrows, these women will touch your soul and live in your heart. (from Overmountain Press)


This compelling play portrays the lives of six unique women, drawn from insights and stories culled from Goodman’s family and the community of her southwestern Virginia childhood mountain roots, each character offering a glimpse of Appalachian culture that is fast fading away.

Daughters of the Appalachians has been performed to standing ovations & sold-out crowds around the country, but this is the first time it has come home to Virginia. Writer & story-teller Linda Goodman was born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, where she learned the art of story telling from her father, a former coal miner (and master yarn-spinner). She has performed and taught in storytelling workshops and festivals throughout New England and the South for more than 20 years, entertaining audiences with her original stories, traditional tales and monologues. Her works are best known for their Southern Appalachian flavor.

Says Goodman, “I was born into a culture that is fading away. I feel an obligation to keep that culture alive in my stories. ” She aims “to people my stories with Southern Appalachian characters of intelligence & integrity. This country has a stereotype of a Southerner who is slow & unintelligent. My stories seek to dispel that sterotype.”

In the press

Nelson County Times, April 29, 2009 ‘Daughters’ play opens Friday at Hamner Theater, by ERIN MCGRATH