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July 27, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg Casts "Grey’s Anatomy" Actor Jesse Williams For Second Guest Artist Program

Colonial Williamsburg’s second Guest Artist program will star celebrated “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams. After the program’s successful debut in May with Mamie Gummer, Colonial Williamsburg has scheduled the next Guest Artist presentation for Saturday, September 25. Williams will perform at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. The Guest Artist program was created to showcase the talents of young actors, along with Colonial Williamsburg’s own actor-interpreters in scenes depicting pivotal moments in 18th century Colonial history. Williams will perform in “What Holds the Future.”

Known most recently for his appearances as Dr. Jackson Avery in the ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy,” Jesse Williams will return to the show in the fall for his second season. Williams was last seen in the Antoine Fuqua directed feature film, “Brooklyn’s Finest” opposite Don Cheadle and Richard Gere, and he has also performed off-Broadway in award-winning playwright Edward Albee’s “The American Dream” and “The Sandbox.” In January, Williams can be seen in MGM’s upcoming film “Cabin in the Woods.” A native of Chicago, IL, Williams graduated from Temple University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in African American Studies and Film and Media Arts.

Prior to the start of his acting career, Mr. Williams taught American Studies, African Studies, and English at a Philadelphia public high school. Performing in the colonial capital as part of the Foundation’s educational outreach efforts is a natural way for Williams to blend his love of history and theater.

“I am looking forward to participating in Colonial Williamsburg’s Guest Artist program. It’s a rare opportunity to be part of a theatrical performance that tells a riveting story of the early days of the American experience,” said Williams. “It doesn’t get much better for a former history teacher.”

To reserve tickets and to learn additional information please visit or call Colonial Williamsburg at 1-800-HISTORY (1-800-447-8679).

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination dedicated to the preservation, restoration, interpretation, and presentation of 18th-century Williamsburg, VA. The Foundation’s mission “that the future may learn from the past” extends from within the Historic Area to the first-class Colonial Williamsburg Hotels experience to lecture series in and out of Williamsburg. With the award-winning Revolutionary City?, Colonial Williamsburg demonstrates its undertaking to expand its thought-provoking programming as well as its dedication to cultural and historical authenticity. Guests are invited to be part of the story as they enjoy: educational and entertaining programming in the Historic Area and at the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums; the WILLIAMSBURG brand and shopping experience, offering a variety of home products inspired by the destination; The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg; the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club; fine dining; and the Colonial Williamsburg Hotels.

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