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THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov in a new adaptation by Doug Grissom

Chekhov UnBound Cast as Moscow Art Theatre

Playwright Doug Grissom watches as Andrei and Ferapont discuss the necessary papers.



performed and produced by the Hamner Theater

About the Chekhov Unbound Project

The Chekhov Unbound project is an original adaptation of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s play Three Sisters. This adaptation is done by UVA playwriting professor and playwright Doug Grissom in concert with an ensemble of 12 actors, a director and a dramaturg. This adaptation strives to reflect the community we are living in and hones in on the universal themes of Chekhov’s play: unrequited love, the yearning for something else – everyone has a Moscow – and the poignance of opportunities missed or overlooked. Another aspect of this project is that it has been cast with older actors so that these themes and situations are interpreted from the perspective of age and experience. Part of the goal of the Chekhov Unbound Project is to bring it to multiple venues, seeing how environment and proximity affect audience experience and expectation as well as giving the actors the challenge of keeping the integrity of the play regardless of the performance space. The intimacy of a house performance, for example, where the actors and audience are sharing the same space will be a very different experience from a stage performance where the distance between actor and audience is more formally delineated. And in each performance, the challenge is to deliver the same story, allowing the different space to cause whatever subtle changes it will. It is also our hope to bring the performance to audiences without easy access, for whatever reason, to theater and the performing arts, where there is interest. There will be a talkback after each performance with the actors and director. What is the Hamner Theater? The Hamner Theater is a non-profit theater entity, founded in 2005, in a community center in Nelson County, VA. Since 2012 it has been venueless but has continued to work in the theatrical community, collaborating with other area theaters, and continuing the “free and open to the public Improv sessions” begun in 2007, as well as our VPSI readings and workshops. We were also the fiscal sponsors for several area performance groups, continuing our support of local theatrical enterprises. In May of this year, we formally took on a studio space at Crozet Arts, where we have maintained an informal presence since 2012. As we redefine and hone our purpose now, in our studio at Crozet Arts, we want to continue telling the stories of our community; we want to bring to light what has been hidden away, (the Newtown and Free Town stories,) to encourage and foster bold, sustainable community conversations. We want to make a difference in our community, one story at a time, one play at a time. Our future work includes Dementia Friendly Theater; work with the senior population, specifically with residents of care facilities; a summer Shakespeare for Crozet and surrounding environs. We want our projects to be able to travel to underserved or more remote communities where access to the performing arts may be limited. We believe that theater should be available and accessible to all because it is a necessary part of a healthy society. PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES Mon. and Tues., Feb. 18/19, 7pm – open rehearsal* @ Unity ofCharlottesville Sat., Feb. 23 – 1pm – performance – Unity of Charlottesville Sunday, Feb. 24 – 2pm – The Center – Feb. 28 – March 2 – 8:00pm – Belmont Arts Collaborative – Sunday, March 3 – 1pm – Grace Church, Massies Mill –                                                           https:// Mon., March 4 – 7:00pm – the Colonnades – 2600 Barracks Road           Charlottesville, VA 22901, 434-963-4198 Tues., March 5 – Thurs., March 7 – 7:30pm – Firehouse Theatre –                                 Sat., March 9 – 2pm – Palmyra house performance Sunday, March 10 – 4pm – Rappahannock house performance Sunday, March 17 – 2pm – Studio performance at Crozet Arts –                                   for ticket information and for information about house performances, please call Boomie @ 434-960-5936  (NB – admission to most shows is by donation.  The Hamner Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization – all donations are tax-deductible.) *an open rehearsal means it is a rehearsal that is open to anyone who would like to participate in the process of creating the piece by watching and perhaps offering feedback.

Questions? Call 434-960-5936 or email The Hamner Theater address at present is 1358 McCauley Street, Crozet, VA 22932. Our studios are located at Crozet Arts 1408 Crozet Ave., Suite 102, Crozet, AV 22932 [hamner_show] audition poster for our Town

Our Town

by Thornton Wilder Directed by Boomie Pedersen and Carol Pedersen May 8 – May 24, 2015 Fri. and Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2:30 at Four County Players in Barboursville [/hamner_show] [hamner_show] HIT in action

Monday Improv with HIT (Hamner Improv Troupe)

Monday evenings at Crozet Arts. Meets 6 – 8pm. Call 434-960-5936 for further info. [/hamner_show]

Recent Shows

[hamner_show] The Convolution of Pip and Twig

The Convolution of Pip and Twig

The story of twins navigating the light and the shadow of a complicated love, through well-worn routines, and epic adventure. Presented by The Hamner Theater Created and Performed by Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke Directed by Martha Mendenhall Text contributed by Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell Music by Jim Waive Lights by Rowena Halpern Performance assistance by Opal Lechmanski Graphic Design by Vu Nguyen Feb. 25 – Mar. 1, 2015 Live Arts Founders Theatre Charlottesville VA call 434-806-9506 Previous rave performance December 10-14, 2014 Round Room Dance Studio 211 Old Michie Bldg Market St and 7th St Charlottesville VA [/hamner_show] [hamner_show] hit201502

Hamner Improv Troupe

Sun. Feb. 22, 2015, 2 pm Batesville Market 6224 Plank Road Call 434-823-2001 [/hamner_show] [hamner_show] Much Ado About Nothing - Summer Tour

Much Ado About Nothing Wineries Tour

September 7, 2014 Bellair Farm, Albemarle County August 30-31, 2014 Grace Church at Massie’s Mill, Nelson County Rain moves the performance into the chapel! August 22-24, 2014 Albemarle Ciderworks, Albemarle County August 15-17: City Parks Weekend Washington Park, Charlottesville Rain locale (Fir.): The Haven Rain locale (Sat./Sun.): nTelos Wireless Pavilion August 8-10: City Parks Weekend Belmont Park, Charlottesville August 1-3: City Parks Weekend Tonsler Park, Charlottesville Rain locale: IX Art Park [/hamner_show] The Hamner Theater 1358 McCauley Street, Crozet, VA 22932 434-960-5936

Main Stage

Season 8 (2012 – 2013)

The Homecoming by Earl Hamner, Jr. Red Eye 10 Minute Play Festival As You Like It in our Shakespeare Winery Tour Stanley Ann by Mike Kindle

Season 7 (2011 – 2012)

A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon The Homecoming by Earl Hamner, Jr. Landscape and Silence and A Slight Ache by Harold Pinter Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream in our Shakespeare Winery Tour

Season 6 (2010 – 2011)

Ocean View Odyssey by Robert Wray The Gift of the Magi, Then & Now by Peter Coy Imaginary Letters, Mozart Remembered by Michael White, adapted by Peter Coy

Season 5 (2009 – 2010)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Nixon’s Nixon by Russell Lees All is Always Now by Robert Wray The Homecoming by Earl Hamner Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet

Season 4 (2008 – 2009)

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Daughters of the Appalachians by Linda Goodman Quartet by Richard Washer Richard III by William Shakespeare A House in the Country by Peter Coy

Season 3 (2007 – 2008)

Poe & All That Jazz by Peter Coy (at the DC Fringe) A Shadow of Honor by Peter Coy Am I Black Enough, Yet? by Clinton A. Johnston Poe & All That Jazz by Peter Coy (at Live Arts) You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running by Robert Anderson Poe & All That Jazz by Peter Coy 6×6 – A Festival of One Act Plays by Bob Blumenstein, Peter Coy, Joel Jones, Billy Aronson, Clinton A. Johnston & Doug Grissom

Season 2 (2006 – 2007)

Shakespeare’s R & J by Joe Calarco Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Love Letters by A.R. Gurney The Homecoming by Earl Hamner Two Tales from The Twilight Zone by Earl Hamner

Season 1 (2005 – 2006)

Story Theatre by Paul Sills Carrie Rose by Peter Coy The Homecoming by Earl Hamner See also: Previous Events for Cabaret & More events