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June 12, 2009

"Jefferson & Adams" returns to Kimball Theatre for encore performance

America’s second and third presidents take to the stage of Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre for the ninth consecutive season of “Jefferson & Adams.” The live performance is presented at the Kimball Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 5-6.

First presented at the Kimball Theatre in 2001 as a costumed reading, the play has blossomed into a stage production featuring the original all-star cast of Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned character historian Bill Barker as Jefferson, Colonial Williamsburg actress Abigail Schumann as Abigail Adams and the popular Sam Goodyear as John Adams.

Written by Howard Ginsberg, the play tells the story of the turbulent 52-year friendship between Jefferson and Adams during the early days of the republic, extending through two wars with England, and closing with their fateful death date on the same day, July 4, 1826—exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Based on the correspondence between the two presidents and one astute first lady, Abigail Adams, the play reveals the compelling political debates and passionate personal beliefs that helped shape America at its founding and continue to remain relevant today.

General admission is $12, and admission for seniors and students is $10. Advance tickets are available by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 3:30-7:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.

The production of the Jefferson and Adams story is available in a take-home version on Colonial Williamsburg’s DVD, “Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play,” on sale for $24.95 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers®, the Museum Gift Shop or www.williamsburgmarketplace.com.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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