Tribute to Obama Mama

This just in from Boomie at the Hamner.  Looks interesting but my plate is full for this weekend.  Would someone else like to write about it and post on this blog?

Greetings from the Hamner Theater!

October has been a busy month and we are headed to Halloween and then of course, the election!  We’ve been in rehearsal for Stanley Ann, the Unlikely Story of Barack Obama’s Mother.  And it opens this Thurs., Oct. 25 at 8pm.  Additional performances are Fri. and Sat. Oct. 26 and 27 at 8pm at the Bridge PAI in Belmont.

This new one woman show in 13 scenes features Kate Adamson as Stanley Ann – yes, she was named for her father – and is produced for the Hamner by Jen Hoffman Jones, in partnership with the IRC.  There will be talkbacks following each performance with actress, director, producer and IRC representative – please stay and be part of the conversation!

The Bridge is a cozy space just over the Belmont Bridge and reservations are suggested – call 434-361-1999 to reserve a seat.  Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $10.  For more information please visit 

Coming on the heels of Stanley Ann is the Red Eye Project, a student-initiated fund raiser for the new works initiative at Hollins College.  On Sat., Nov. 3, the Hamner is teaming up with the Wayne Theater to host the East Coast performance of the 7 new works; the same 7 new plays will be shown in 3 other time zones simultaneously.  Like 24/7, the Red Eye Project brings together directors, actors and new 10 minute scripts for a fast and furious 12 hour production process, culminating in a performance at 8pm in the Gateway space in Waynesboro.  The performance will be videoed, as will the performances in Chicago, Montana and California and shared on you tube – a chance to see 4 unique versions of each of 7 new scripts.  Visit the Facebook page for details about the other theaters involved and more about the project itself.

The Hamner Theater champions the development of new work and the VPSI (Virginia Playwrights and Screenwriters Initiative) is the process we offer to playwrights to do so – a chance to work with dramaturg, director and actors to move a script closer to being ready for production.  We are currently working on Uxoricide,  by Charlottesville playwright Rick Steeves, “The Drake Play” by DC playwright Richard Washer and Love Songs by Norfolk playwright Patti Wray.

Speaking of new plays, opening at Four County Players on Oct. 26 is a brand new play by Shawn Hirabayashi – Woman in a Tiled Room.  Visit for details.  Help keep theater alive and vibrant – support new work!

Nov. 3 is also the next CLAW date – that’s Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers.  These plucky women fight for a charity and this time, the Hamner Theater is the lucky  charity.  Please come out and support the Hamner Theater and root for your favorite strong-lady!

This is a lot of information for one newsletter but remember Stanley Ann this week, Oct. 25, 26 and 27 – hope to see you at the Bridge!




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