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March 15, 2013

“So Far From Scioto” and “The War Party” Return to the Revolutionary City

The Native American presence in Williamsburg during the American Revolution returns to the Revolutionary City as “So Far From Scioto” begins a nine-day run Friday, March 29.

“So Far From Scioto” chronicles the saga of three young Shawnee emissaries who were brought to Williamsburg in late 1774 as security to ensure compliance with a peace agreement that ended Lord Dunmore’s War in the Ohio Country. Entertained and honored as diplomatic emissaries, the delegation witnesses the turmoil and public outcry in Williamsburg during the spring of 1775 following bloodshed at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts and the royal governor’s theft of the colony’s gunpowder from the Magazine in Williamsburg. Torn by political uncertainty and their sense of honor to serve as security for the safety of the Shawnee people, they consider their course of action.

“The War Party” continues the Shawnee’s Revolutionary saga. As warfare increases in the Ohio Valley, the Shawnee face difficult decisions about taking sides in the conflict, choosing between tribal loyalties, allying with the British or honoring American requests for neutrality.

“So Far From Scioto” is presented at noon March 29 and 31, and April 3, 5 and 7 on the Governor’s Palace Gardens stage, and at 4 p.m. March 30, and April 2, 4 and 6 at the amphitheater in R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse backyard.

“The War Party” is presented in the amphitheater at R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse at 3:45 p.m. March 29, and April 3 and 5, and at 2 p.m. March 31 and April 7.

“Scioto Unplugged” offers guests opportunities to join the cast of "So Far From Scioto" and "The War Party" in a discussion of how they work to create Native public history programming. Veteran actors and line producers discuss their work in theater, film and television. Moderated by a cultural anthropologist, a question-and-answer session allows the guests a rare opportunity to explore Native American culture, history and civic engagement. “Scioto Unplugged” is presented at noon March 30 and April 2, 4, and 6 at the Governor’s Palace Gardens stage.

Admission to “So Far From Scioto” programs is by Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, Annual Pass or Good Neighbor Pass. Programs are presented weather permitting.

“So Far From Scioto” and “The War Party” are part of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s American Indian Initiative, which takes a broad-based approach to include the histories of Native peoples in 18th-century Williamsburg and draws on the talents and resources of the American Indian community. The Shawnee characters are portrayed by an all-Native cast. Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative is supported by gifts from two generous Colonial Williamsburg supporters.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley