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June 28, 2010

Witness the Tumultuous Relationship Between Jefferson and Adams As They Take the Stage at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre

Two of America’s most fascinating Founding Fathers take to the stage of Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre for the 10th consecutive season of “Jefferson & Adams.” The live performance tells the compelling story of two presidents – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams – and one astute first lady, Abigail Adams, presented 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 full 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. 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 to this stirring production is $12, and admission for seniors and students is $10. Advance tickets are available by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

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 Store or

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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