What’s Happening at the Hamner Theater

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In these tumultuous times of unrest and injustice, the Hamner Theater stands in solidarity with our black family 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.
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The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s Charlottesville Players Guild and the Hamner Theater are partnering to bring you three nights of Edward Albee’s Marriage Play. This collaboration was born out of friendship, community and the recognition of a need in the theatre community. Authentic community is created from fierce love, understanding and full celebration of our humanness. It is in this spirit that we present a play about the ultimate collaboration, marriage, to the larger theatre community. Marriage Play was commissioned by Vienna’s English Theatre and premiered in 1987. It was performed in Houston at the Alley Theatre in Jan. of 1992 and had its East Coast premiere at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. The story follows Gillian and Jack a couple who have been married for decades. It begins with Jack’s announcement that he is leaving. Gillian retorts with disbelief and asks him to try it again. Through verbal and physical battles, the pair explore their life together and the institution of marriage. It has been described as a return to absurdism, and scholarly analysis presents Marriage Play as one of Albee’s best, dictating it as a commentary on the social convention of marriage.

Marriage Play by Edward Albee

Jack – Chris Baumer, Gillian – Boomie Pedersen

Directed by Larry Goldstein

Tickets are $25 and will be held at will call. April 27 & 28 House will open at 7 p.m., the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 29 House will open at 7:30 p.m., the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets at: https://jeffschoolheritagecenter.org/events/marriage-play-cpg-fundraiser/

For media inquiries and questions email publicprograms@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org.


The Water Appreciation Experience and Hamner Theater have partnered to present performances and facilitate conversations about our relationship with water. The next set of performances will include videodance, monologue and music. New Community Conversations are planned for Sat., May 20 at 4 p.m.; Sat., June 17 at 4 p.m. and Sat., July 15 at 4 p.m.

Click to Learn More About the Water Appreciation Experience


Stan Trent read from his collection of original stories intended for a future one-man show on Saturday, October 15.




Join us each Sunday at 3 p.m. EST for improv with the Hamner Improv Troupe (HIT)! Email boomie@thehamnertheater.com for more information.


The Hamner hosts virtual and in-person Community Conversations. Some of the Community Conversations are agenda-less meetings where participants are free to talk about issues in their lives, in their communities, or in the world, and the other half begins with a theatrical offering to guide the conversation. Please check our calendar for specifics on what type of conversation is happening that day!

Everyone is welcome, please email boomie@thehamnertheater.com to confirm your attendance!

The Hamner Theater Community Conversation Team


Visit The Hamner Theater’s youtube page for Community Conversations on the Newtown Project – Kaleidoscope in Black and White: The Cherry Orchard, Act 1.

The stellar cast of this performance included (in alphabetic order, women first) Denise Folley, Abena Foreman, Kiri Gardner, Kate Monaghan, Dinah Pehrson, Chris Baumer, Larry Goldstein, Joe Monaghan, John Rabasa, Rasheed Robinson, Dan Stern and Kurt Vogelsang. The adaptation is by Doug Grissom who worked tirelessly to design a version of The Cherry Orchard for this odd time in which we find ourselves!