The Hamner Theater Offers Fresh Approach to Local Entertainment, By Joanne DiMaggio, Real Estate Weekly, Feb., 2009

Looking ahead…with good friends, by Jane Norris, in the Daily Progress. December 26, 2008

Read a review of A House in the Country, by Peter Coy : Good things come in small packages, by Clare Aukofer, Daily Progress, 9/21/08

A Shadow of Honor in the Press:

Hamner Theater hosting historical play, by Erin McGrath, Nelson County Times, 5/28/08

Brendan Fitzgerald talks to Peter Coy in this week’s Cville Weekly, 5/27/08

Nelson County Life talks about A Shadow of Honor Go there to hear an interview with playwright Peter Coy.

A ‘Shadow of Honor’ traces legacy of war, by Jane Norris, in the Daily Progress, 5/22/08.

Century old murder trial brought back to life by Chris Graham, in The Augusta Free Press, 5/05/08.

Reviews of Poe & All That Jazz at the Capital Fringe.

Reviews of Am I Black Enough, Yet?

Brendan Fitzgerald’s review of Paul Curreri, in the C-Ville, 4/01/08

Paul Curreri coming back to Afton, by Aaron Lee, Nelson County Times, 3/20/08

Photos from the St Patrick’s Day Party at Nelson County Life

An interview with playwright Clinton A. Johnston Are we brave enough yet?, by Chris Graham, in The Augusta Free Press, 2/20/08

Earl Hamner Theater is a Nelson County Original, by Joanne DiMaggio

Hamner cast explores relationshipsfrom the Daily Progress, 2/08/08

Fall, 2007
A Well Lit Space: Live theater in small-town Virginia,by Chris Gavaler

Poe & All That Jazz in The Daily Progress, October 26, 2007
Poe play has love, loss and jazz,by Jane Dunlap Norris

July, 2007

From the Nelson County Times, July 17, 2007
Read about Peter Coy’s new play A Shadow of Honor
A new play a why-dunnit rather than a who-dunnit by Erin McGrath

From The Daily Progress, July 6, 2007
Oh, happy dagger: Tragedy gets ‘CSI’ treatment on Hamner stage

March, 2007

Read about Earl Hamner’s visit in the Nelson County times

From the C-ville Weekly, March 6, 2007
Chekhov one county over by Katherine Cox

From the Daily Progress,Sunday, March 4, 2007
Setting the stage for a dramatic future, Hamner Theater taps into wealth of local talent, by Jane Dunlap Norris

January, 2007

From the Daily Progress, January 19, 2007
Hamner Theater spotlight being shared by four casts

From the Daily Progress, January 13, 2007
Nelson theater gets challenge grant
The Earl Hamner Theater in Afton has been awarded a three-year challenge grant to support its theater and music events in Nelson County.

From the News Leader, January 12, 2007
‘Love Letters’ comes to Afton theater Staff reports

From the News Leader, January 8, 2007
Afton theater gets $150,000 grant, by Ruth Jones/staff
A donor wishing to remain anonymous donated a $150,000 grant to the Earl Hamner Theater at the Rockfish Valley Community Center last month. It’s the largest grant given to the theater, which began just a year ago.
(See the full article here)

The Homecoming, 2006

From Hamner Theater sponsor WMRA's Civic Soapbox : Listener Essays (Dec. 2006):
Mariflo Stephens : Back with the Waltons, Again (Follow the link to listen to writer & actress Mariflo Stevens (Emma Staples) read her essay on acting in The Homecoming.)

From the News Leader, Augusta County, Nov 23, 2006
Earl Hamner’s novel being brought to life on Afton stage
By Ruth Jones/staff

‘The Homecoming’ to be performed at the Hamner Theater
On Christmas Eve in 1933, the Spencer family members eagerly awaited the arrival of their father.
(See the full article here)

From Nelson County Times, October 25, 2006

‘It’s showtime for students’ by Justin Faulconer
More than a dozen Nelson County High School student actors sat in a circle inside the Earl Hamner Jr. Theater in Nellysford on Oct. 20.

The predominantly female cast in normal teenage attire brought to life Eldritch, a small town of about 70 people that has dark secrets.

Diana Driver, Nelson’s drama instructor, brought her young talent to the Rockfish Valley Community Center, which houses the Hamner Theater, to get feedback from the theater’s co-directors Peter Coy and Boomie Pedersen.

(See the full article here)

Two Tales from the Twilight Zone

From The Charlottesville Daily Progress September 15, 2006
Staff reports
Two of Hamner’s ‘Twilight Zone’ teleplays reach stage

The Earl Hamner Jr. Theater is offering its audiences a local connection to the popular television series “The Twilight Zone.”

Hamner, a Schuyler native and creator of “The Waltons,” didn’t spend all his time on the family-centered series set in rural Virginia. He also wrote the teleplays “Jess-Belle” and “The Bewitchin’ Pool” for “The Twilight Zone.”

Peter Coy and Boomie Pedersen, co-artistic directors of the Hamner Theater, will direct the shows, which Coy adapted for the stage.

(See the full article here)

The First Annual Hamner Theater Playwrights Conference

Daily Progress, Thursday, August 10, 2006
Nelson playwrights’ retreat hosts readings

The Nelson County Playwrights’ Retreat will be offering staged readings of several new plays by local playwrights this weekend at the Earl Hamner Jr. Theatre.

The Homecoming, 2005

From NPR, Morning Edition, December 5, 2005:
A Revised, Edgier ‘Homecoming’, by David Molpus

For more than 30 years, The Homecoming has been a Christmas staple on cable TV. Earl Hamner wrote the script based loosely on his life growing up in rural Virginia. It spawned a popular series, The Waltons. Now there is a new, more realistic adaptation of the story for the stage.

(Listen to the story here.)

The Daily Progress, November 24, 2005
At new Hamner theater, a ‘Homecoming’, By Megan Rowe