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March 6, 2009

Public invited to free street rehearsals for the 2009 Revolutionary City program

The public is invited to experience the free dress rehearsals of Colonial Williamsburg’s award-winning outdoor drama — The Revolutionary City — Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14.

“Citizens at War, 1776-1781” reveals the human ramifications of revolution in war-torn Williamsburg. Guests follow the progress of the war as the town celebrates the Continental Army’s victory at Saratoga, endures occupation by traitor Benedict Arnold and his British troops, and sees Gen. George Washington prepare his army for the final siege of Yorktown. As both free and enslaved cope with the effects of war profiteering, rampant inflation and other hardships, they ponder their loyalties and what the future holds 3–5 p.m. Friday, March 13.

“Collapse of Royal Government, 1774-1776” chronicles growing colonial outrage as loyal subjects turn against their king and spark revolutionary ideas that divide loyalties – even within families – and compelled Williamsburg residents to choose between monarchy and self-government. The political divide even threatens a romance between Williamsburg’s own Romeo-and-Juliet. Collapse of Royal Government will be presented 3–5 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

Admission is free to the Friday and Saturday rehearsals which start at the Capitol and does not require an admission ticket. The schedule for rehearsals both days begins at 3 p.m. to prepare guests for the afternoon program with distribution of broadsides that list program scenes and guest options. The family-oriented “Get Revved!” begins at 3:10 p.m while the cast of actor-interpreters take to the street to begin portrayals in anticipation of the opening scene at 3:30 p.m.

The Revolutionary City and its companion presentations trace the transformation of royal subjects to self-governing citizens by portraying real events and real people as they faced conditions and issues of the time while drawing similarities to events and issues confronting citizens of today.

The 2009 season of The Revolutionary City program officially begins at 3 p.m. Monday, March 16 at the east end of Duke of Gloucester St. in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Beginning Monday, March 16 admission to the Revolutionary City program requires a valid Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7280