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February 28, 2005

Journey from the Tang Dynasty of China to 21st-century America at CW's Kimball Theatre during March and April

Through March and April, audiences at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square will be treated to live performances from the 18th century, a variety of musical concerts, award-winning foreign and American movies, and hard-hitting documentaries.
Special performances include:

  • “Founding Fathers,” 2 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday March 1-18; 2 and 3:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday March 21-April 1; and 2 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday April 5-29 (except April 18). Admission is free with Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor pass. Reservations are required.
  • “Martha Washington: Her Life and Times,” 2 and 3:30 p.m. March 13, 19, April 3 and 16. General admission is $5, and senior and student admission is $4.
  • “Fiddleworks!” 10:30 a.m. and noon March 15, 22, 29 and April 1. General admission is $5 and senior and student admission is $4.
  • “Crystal Concert,” 10:30 a.m. and noon March 16, 18, 23, 25, 28, 30 and April 2, 11 and 13. General admission is $5, and senior and student admission is $4.
  • “Grand Medley of Entertainment,” 7:30 p.m. March 16, 23, 28, 30 and April 6, 13, 18, 20 and 27. Colonial performance ticket is $12.
  • 18th-century Plays, 8 p.m. March 26, 29, 31 and April 9, 15, 19, 21 and 28. Colonial performance ticket is $12.

    Live performances throughout March and April feature talented students from the College of William and Mary, as well as the Williamsburg Symphonia Subscription Concert Series. William and Mary’s Improvisational Theatre kicks off programming 8 p.m. March 3. This 12-member, student-run group performs unscripted comedic scenes based on audience suggestions. General admission is $8 and student admission is $5. The Williamsburg Symphonia Subscription Concert #3 can be heard 8 p.m. March 9 and March 12. Tickets are $25 and $35.

    The College of William and Mary’s Department of English, Patrick Hayes Writer’s Series presents A.S. Byatt, one of England’s foremost fiction writers, 8 p.m. March 17. She will lecture on “Ghosts and Documents: Writing Historical Fiction.” The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. The WMCans Film Festival assembles talent for William and Mary’s Night at the Kimball Theatre 8 p.m. March 19. An eclectic mix of the college’s performance groups comes together for dance, a cappella, comedy and a film tribute. All seats are $6. The WMCans Film Festival also hosts independent filmmakers Wayne Allen Harold and Toby Radloff, who will discuss “Cult Movies, Comics and Pop Culture” 7 p.m. March 20. All seats are $5.

    “Musical Jewels of the Mediterranean” presented by the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble of the College of William and Mary’s Department of Music can be enjoyed 8 p.m. April 2. General admission is $7, and senior and student admission is $5. William and Mary’s Ewell Concert Series will host “A Little Jazz Music” 8 p.m. April 4. General admission is $7, and senior and student admission is $5. William and Mary’s Jazz Ensemble will be featured in concert 8 p.m. April 12. General admission is $7, and senior and student admission is $5. The Williamsburg Symphonia Subscription Concert #4 is scheduled for 8 p.m. April 16-17. Tickets are $25 and $35. “Into the Woods,” performed by William and Mary’s Covenant Players, rounds out the month. This fractured fairy tale can be seen 8 p.m. April 22-23 and 2 p.m. April 23-24. All seats are $10 and proceeds go to local charities.

    Movies from the American and foreign cinema will transport audiences from the “House of Flying Daggers,” a film taking place in the Tang Dynasty A.D. 859, to “Hotel Rwanda,” a true story set in 21st-century Africa. March and April features are:

  • House of Flying Daggers, 7 and 9:15 p.m. March 1-8.In this feature set in the Tang Dynasty of China A.D. 859, rebel armies form in the shadow of a corrupt government. The most prestigious underground alliance is the “House of Flying Daggers,” which steals from the rich and gives to the poor. China’s nomination for the Oscar’s Foreign Language Film category. Mandarin with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • Hotel Rwanda, 6:45 and 9 p.m. March 5-11. A fact-based film set in ethnic war, this is the story of Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager in Rwanda who housed more than a thousand Tutsi people in a secret refugee camp during the genocide committed by the Hutu people in 1994. Nominated for two Academy Awards—Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Rated: PG-13.
  • Kinsey, 7 and 9:15 p.m. March 10-15. Academy Award–winning writer-director Bill Condon presents the life of Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson), the man whose scientific study of sex was one of the first of its kind and whose 1948 book, “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male,” changed American culture. Rated: R.
  • Notre Musique, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. March 13-17. Famed French director Jean-Luc Godard presents an indictment of modern times that focuses on war, terrorism, violence and victims. French and mixed language with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Sideways, 6, 8 and 10 p.m., March 18-31, Sunday matinees, 4 p.m. March 20 and 27. In search of wine, women and themselves, the mismatched pair of failing writer Miles (Paul Giamatti) and former actor Jack (Thomas Haden Church) take a trip through California wine country the week before Jack’s wedding. Five Academy Award nominations—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Rated: R.
  • William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, 6:45 and 9 p.m. April 1-8. Filmed in Venice, Italy, the realistic look of settings and costumes matches the naturalist interpretation of the Shakespearian dialogue. Rated: R.
  • Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. April 9-15. Ultimately a testament to the power of art and hope and the resiliency of childhood, this deeply compelling documentary focuses on the children of prostitutes in the red light district of Calcutta, India. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Rated: R.
  • Assassination of Richard Nixon, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. April 16-22. Based on true events, this film stars Sean Penn as Sam Bicke, who eventually resolves to kill President Richard Nixon, whom he views as the source of all of society’s ills. Rated: R.
  • The Sea Inside, 6:45 and 9:10 p.m. April 23-30. Lead Javier Bardem gives an outstanding performance as Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic who has spent decades confined to bed and chooses to petition the courts for permission to be euthanized. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Venice Film Festival and two Academy Award nominations—Best Foreign Language Film and Best Makeup. French with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • The Woodsman, 7 and 9 p.m. April 29-May 4. Kevin Bacon stars as Walter, a desolate pedophile returning to his hometown after 12 years in prison. He struggles to rebuild his shattered life, finding a job in a lumberyard and securing an apartment—which, in a cruel twist of fate, is located next to an elementary school—and beginning a faltering romance with tough coworker Vickie (Kyra Sedgwick). Rated: R.

    Movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and children.

    For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit Advance tickets for all performances are available by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or by visiting any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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