Nat's Last Struggle

For Immediate Release, September 28, 2011

Nat’s Last Struggle Coming to the Hamner Theater from the Norfolk Summer Play Fest

Nellysford, VA (Sept. 28, 2011) Nat’s Last Struggle is coming to the Hamner Theater for two performances only, Friday, Oct. 14 and Sat., Oct. 15.

Nat’s Last Struggle is a powerful one-act, one-man show written by Norfolk playwright P. A. Wray. Nat Turner led the slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia during August 1831; this play is a dramatic adaptation of The Confessions of Nat Turner, published by Thomas R. Grey in November that same year as ‘an authentic account of the whole insurrection’. Woven into the piece are bits of lore and supposition regarding several aspects of Turner’s life.

Says playwright, P.A. Wray, “I became fascinated with Nat’s brilliant mind which was tormented by slavery. To find release, Nat turned to religious fanaticism – something we continue to see the oppressed do today.”

Nat’s Last Struggle features George T. Davis, III as Nat Turner. It premiered at Norfolk’s The Venue on 35th in 2009, returning in August 2011 for the Norfolk Summer Play Fest, where Davis’s performance was described as ‘powerful’ and ‘growing in subtlety and complexity’ in a ‘thought-provoking and captivating’ play.

There will be two performances, Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:30PM and Sat., Oct. 15 at 2PM. Admission is $15, and as seating is limited, reservations are advised. Please call the Box Office at 434.361.1999

About the Hamner Theater: The Hamner Theater, now presenting its seventh season, is a project of the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Nelson County, a 501c3 non-profit organization, and receives funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, private foundations and individual donors to support its mission of bringing professional theater to Nelson County. Please call the Box Office at 434-361-1999 to purchase tickets. Learn more at

The Hamner Theater is located in the Rockfish Valley Community Center on Route 151, between Nellysford & Afton, 22920, in Nelson County, VA.
Post: Hamner Theater, P.O. Box 106, Nellysford, VA 22958
Phone: (434) 361 1999

What: Hamner Theater presents Nat’s Last Struggle by P.A. Wray

Where: Hamner Theater, at the Rockfish Valley Community Center, 190 Rockfish School Lane Nellysford, VA

When: Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:30PM
Sat., Oct. 15 at 2PM
Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.

Admission: $15
Information/Reservations (advised): 434 361 1999
Directions: 434-361-1999 or