June 26, 2012
“Jefferson & Adams” Returns for Three Days Only at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre
The compelling story of two celebrated founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and one astute first lady, Abigail Adams, returns for encore performances. “Jefferson & Adams” will be presented at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre 7:30 p.m. July 5-7.
The live stage production features 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 deaths 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 $14, and admission for seniors and students is $12. Advance tickets are available by calling 1-800-HISTORY. 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. Special DVD features include “Behind the Scenes of Jefferson & Adams,” which is a discussion of the play's inception, importance and production with the playwright, director, actors, executive producer and the Jefferson Legacy Foundation's executive director, and “About Colonial Williamsburg: Tour Our Town,” which examines the importance of the town of Williamsburg to our national heritage, the restoration by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and a glimpse into Colonial Williamsburg's living history museum.
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 Colonial 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.