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June 28, 2011

Compelling Story of Two Celebrated Founding Fathers Returns for Encore Performance

The fascinating story examining the beginnings of our American identity returns to the Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. “Jefferson & Adams” is a remarkable performance that 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 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 Store or www.williamsburgmarketplace.com

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg includes the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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. 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 website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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