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June 8, 2007

"Jefferson & Adams" live performance returns to CW's Kimball Theatre

America’s second and third presidents take the stage of Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre for the sixth consecutive season of the live performance “Jefferson & Adams.”

The live performance will be shown at the Kimball Theatre at 7:30 p.m. June 29 and June 30 and 3 p.m. July 1. General admission is $12, and admission for seniors and students is $10. Advance tickets are available by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

First presented at the Kimball Theatre in 2001 as a costumed reading, the play has blossomed into a 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 beginning from the early days of the republic, extending through two wars with England, and closing with their fateful death date on July 4, 1826—exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Based on the correspondence between the two presidents and one astute first lady, Abigail Adams, the play reveals the compelling political debates and passionate personal beliefs that helped shape American at its founding and continue to remain relevant today.

The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

For patrons unable to attend a live performance, Colonial Williamsburg’s productions, publications and learning ventures department offers a “Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play” DVD as well as a companion teacher’s guide designed by classroom teachers for grades eight and up.

At one hour and 35 minutes, the DVD is ideal for classroom viewing over two class periods. Special DVD features include “Behind the Scenes of Jefferson & Adams” with an interview with the playwright, director and cast and “About Colonial Williamsburg: Tour Our Town.”

The “Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play” teacher guide is available to teachers and other interested individuals for $14.95. The DVD is available for $24.95. Both items may be ordered by calling 1-800-761-8331 weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or through the Teaching Resources Catalog, which can be downloaded as a PDF from

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121