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March 9, 2010

Public invited to view dress rehearsals for new season of Revolutionary City

The public is invited to experience free dress rehearsals of Colonial Williamsburg’s award-winning outdoor drama — The Revolutionary City — this Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13.

The rehearsal for “Citizens at War, 1776-1781” will be presented 3-5 p.m. Friday, March 12. The rehearsal for “Collapse of Royal Government, 1774-1776” will be presented 3-5 p.m., Saturday, March 13. Admission is free to these rehearsals which will be held at the east end of the Duke of Gloucester Street near the Capitol in the Historic Area.

The newest presentation includes a tense re-enactment of a potentially explosive confrontation over the despised Stamp Act of 1765 in front of the newly reconstructed R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse. Re-enacted in the place where the event actually occurred, an angry mob accosts stamp distributor George Mercer during the “The Next Disagreeable Thing,” the new opening scene in the two-hour presentation of “Collapse of Royal Government, 1765-1776.”

“Citizens at War, 1776-1781” reveals the human ramifications of revolution in war-torn Williamsburg. Guests become part of the story as they follow the progress of the war as the town celebrates the Continental Army’s victory at Saratoga, endures occupation by traitor Benedict Arnold and his British troops, and sees Gen. George Washington prepare his army for the final siege of Yorktown. As both free and enslaved cope with the effects of war profiteering, rampant inflation and other hardships, they ponder their loyalties and what the future holds. Free rehearsals are 3–5 p.m. Friday, March 12.

“Collapse of Royal Government, 1765-1776” chronicles growing colonial outrage as loyal subjects turn against their king and spark revolutionary ideas that divide loyalties — even within families — and compel Williamsburg residents to choose between monarchy and self-government. This free rehearsal is 3–5 p.m. Saturday, March 13.

The Revolutionary City and its companion presentations — Revolutionary Stories — trace the transformation of royal subjects to self-governing citizens by portraying real events and real people as they faced conditions and issues of the time while drawing similarities to events and issues confronting citizens of today.

The 2010 season of The Revolutionary City begins at 3 p.m. Monday, March 15 in the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street near the Capitol in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Regular season performances require a valid Colonial Williamsburg ticket or Good Neighbor Pass for admission.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City© program.

Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover rare treasures and storied objects throughout the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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Jim Bradley
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