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March 21, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Performs at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States, comes to the Kimball Theatre for a reading on 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. Her most recent poetry collection is “Sonata Mulattica,” a book-length cycle of poems telling the story of the 19th-century African-European violinist George Polgreen Bridgewater and his turbulent friendship with Ludwig van Beethoven.

Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, has made appearances on CNN and NBC’s Today Show and Public Broadcasting has devoted an hour-long prime time special to her life and work. Dove will be available for book signing following the reading. The College of William and Mary English Department’s Patrick Hayes Writers Series sponsors this event which is free, but tickets are required. Unclaimed ticketed seats will be given away 10 minutes before the show.

Additional Kimball Theatre cultural performances ranging from music to improvisational comedy include:

  • Rocky Mountain High: The Music of John Denver, a Williamsburg group that performs the magical music and poetry of the late John Denver, re-creates the atmosphere of Denver’s incomparable talent with their music and audiovisual presentation. The proceeds from this concert will benefit the Kiwanis Club’s 2012 headliners: Avalon, a local shelter and support group for women and children experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault; Bacon Street which provides services to young people and families affected by substance abuse and/or mental health issues; and Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, focusing on youth development through summer camps, retreats and field trips. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23. All seats $15.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert features master of glass instruments Dean Shostak, including a glass violin, spectacular instruments from around the world, and Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 28, 30, April 2, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25. All seats $7.
  • The Chinese Culture Semester Dance Gala is presented as part of the grand opening of the new Confucius Institute at William and Mary. The college and the institute are hosting a week of Chinese culture activities through live performances of Chinese dance, music and song, performed by members of the greater Williamsburg community, the College of William and Mary, and special guest artists. 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. The event is free but tickets are required. Unclaimed ticketed seats will be given away 10 minutes before the show.
  • Women Rock: Women’s History Month, presented by the City Arts Café, brings an all-female cast performing great tunes you know and love from Carole King, Diane Warren, Ella Fitzgerald, Indigo Girls and Tori Amos. New original songs will be performed by up-and-coming local songwriters including Susan Greenbaum, Jocelyn Oldham (Me and Jo), Cindy Warner (Clan McCool and the Hysterically Correct Pirates), Kari Velandria, Rachel Michelle, Nicole Belanus, Amy Ferebee, Paulette Amory, Skye Zentz, Sandra and Logan Layman (Layman’s Terms), Lisa Wathen (S’olach), Ramona Robbins and Melissa Parris, and Robin Jester (Robin & the J Birds). All proceeds will benefit Avalon Center, a local nonprofit shelter for women and children. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
  • Poisoned Dwarf in Concert, sponsored by the James City Rotary Club, plays driving traditional Celtic music, and for them, the tunes matter most. Focusing primarily on Irish traditional music, and with acoustic instruments including the Irish flute, whistle, guitar, Scottish small-pipes, banjo and fiddle. Proceeds from this concert will benefit Polio Plus, the Rotary Foundation’s efforts to eradicate polio throughout the world. 7:30 p.m. on March 31. All seats are $18.
  • Williamsburg Symphonia Subscription Concert #4 features an opera program with soprano Lisa Edwards-Burrs, tenor Robert Mc Pherson and bass Branch Fields. Selections include Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Magic Flute,” Bizet’s “Carmen” and Puccini’s “La Boheme and Turandot,” and many more. 8 p.m., Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3. Tickets are $34 and $48 through the Williamsburg Symphonia; please call (757) 229-9857.
  • Stories That Make a Difference: Home is Where the Heart Is. The Weavers of the Word Storytelling Collaborative kicks off their third annual season with tales of home, family and strong women. 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. This storytelling concert benefits Avalon: A Center for Women and Children. Tickets are free, but required. This is a “pay- what-you-can” event; a suggested donation of $7 per adult will be taken at the door. Unclaimed ticketed seats will be given away 10 minutes before the show.
  • College of William and Mary Jazz Ensemble in Concert, under the direction of William and Mary director of Bands Paul Bhasin, performs a program of contemporary and classic works for jazz ensemble and big band, featuring student and faculty soloists and guest vocalists. 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. General admission is $8, William and Mary student tickets with ID $5, and children under 12 are free.
  • William & Mary’s Improvisational Theater was founded in 1986 and remains the college’s first and only improvisational comedy group and boasts a troupe of 11 members. The students create all scenes on the spot based on suggestions from the audience, including a fully improvised musical, without a script or props. 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20. General admission is $10, William and Mary student tickets are $5.
  • Laughing Redhead Studio presents: Clean Comedy Night features Thor Ramsey and is hosted by the T. R. Logan. Thor Ramsey, host of TV’s “Bananas” and “Comedy at Large,” has appeared on “Everything at the Improv” and is a regular at The Improve in LA. T. R. Logan, also known as “The Laughing Redhead,” is a featured comic on “Evening at the Improv” and “Comedy on the Road,” as well as “Thou Shalt Laugh.” Kids are welcome but should be old enough to sit through a 90-minute show with no intermission. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27. General admission is $20, seniors/students/military $15.
  • Williamsburg Symphonia Subscription Concert #5 includes selections from Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture” and “Violin Concerto,” featuring soloist Tai Murray, as well as Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” 8 p.m. on Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1. Tickets are $34 and $48 through the Williamsburg Symphonia; please call (757) 229-9857.

    Colonial Williamsburg programs include:

  • Conversations with a Founding Father: Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, or Patrick Henry features discussions with Founding Fathers about topics that transcend time at 12:30 p.m. March 22, 27, 29, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 3, 8, 9, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7, 12 and 14. Tickets are included in Historic Area admission.
  • Eighteenth-century Play Series presents their newest production, “The Walking Statue or The Devil in the Wine Cellar,” at 7:30 p.m. March 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7 and 14. Ticket is $18 for adults and youth, and $9 for children.
  • A Grand Medley of Entertainment brings an 18th-century traveling s how to the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 26, April 9, 16, 23, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4 and 11. Ticket is $18 for adults and youth, and $9 for children.

    For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.

    In 1999, Colonial Williamsburg benefactors Gretchen and the late Bill Kimball made a major gift to renovate the historic facility and to transform it into the multipurpose Kimball Theatre. The 35-seat screening room was underwritten by a grant from the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation. Other generous donors continue to make gifts to endow Kimball Theatre programming. Their names are listed on plaques in the theater lobby.

    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.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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