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June 24, 2008

"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 eighth consecutive season of “Jefferson & Adams.” The live performance is presented at the Kimball Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 5-6.

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 the same day, 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 America at its founding and continue to remain relevant today.

The play is presented in cooperation with the Jefferson Legacy Foundation.

General admission is $12, and admission for seniors and students is $10. Advance tickets are available by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

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

This cast will travel to Peacefields, John Adams’ Qunicy, Mass., home, to perform “Jefferson & Adams” on July 4. The cast has performed at this location on Independence Day for the last four years.

The production of the Jefferson and Adams story also can be seen on the Colonial Williamsburg DVD, “Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play,” on sale for $24.95 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers®, the Museum Gift Shop or

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121