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April 10, 2009

Revolutionary City at Night programs illustrate life in the war-torn colonial capital of Virginia

The Revolutionary City®, Colonial Williamsburg’s engaging live street theater experience, allows guests to follow their forebears’ transition from subjects to citizens and to connect those changes with issues facing citizens today.

Evening adventures in the Revolutionary City at Night include programs that make connections with daytime programs, including:

  • In Defense of Our Liberty, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, March 31-June 9 and April 20, May 22 and 25, and 7 p.m. only on April 12, 19 and 22, Magazine. Enlist in the Continental Army and become a new recruit and see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. The program is held outdoors in all weather so dress accordingly and be prepared for some physical activity. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant in the program.
  • Revolutionary Points of View, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 1-June 10, Capitol and 7 p.m. only on April 11, 12 and 20, Courthouse. By the light of flickering candles, guests encounter three people of the past who acquaint them with the common public opinion on the issue of independence – patriot, loyalist and undecided. Guests then have the opportunity to become a person of the past and engage in the most important debate in our nation’s history.
  • Revolutionary City: A Capitol Ball, 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8:20, 8:40 and 9 p.m., Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23 and May 21. Enjoy an evening of music, dancing and period entertainments against the backdrop of The Revolutionary City. As you meet members of the House of Burgesses, discover that while respectful, most are angry with Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore. His lordship has chastised the Burgesses for supporting the patriots in Boston and now an evening of celebration carries undertones of political intrigue.
  • Revolutionary City Concert: The Art of Fifing and Drumming, 7 p.m., Fridays, April 3, 24, May 8 and June 5, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums will showcase their talent.
  • Revolutionary City Concert: The Cobham Consort, 7 p.m., Fridays, April 10, May 15 and May 29, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The concert brings together three longtime performers of 17th- and 18th-century popular music who have performed throughout Virginia and most of the original 13 colonies. A Cobham Consort performance includes an entertaining and exciting mix of vocal and instrumental music featuring the baroque guitar, mandolin, viola de gamba and various wind and percussion instruments. As well as hearing outstanding musical performances that capture the spirit and sound of the colonial period, concertgoers also can learn the stories behind the songs and tunes that were popular in 17th- and 18th-century Virginia.
  • Revolutionary City Concert: The Dukes of Gloucester, 7 p.m., Fridays, April 17, May 1 and June 12, and 7:30 p.m. May 22, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Join Brian Forsman and Bill Weldon for an evening of popular songs, the latest dance tunes and other favorites from the 1760s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
  • The Revolutionary City: The Gunpowder Incident, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Saturdays, April 11-June 13, Governor’s Palace gardens. April 20-21, 1775 – As darkness falls, guests join other mariners who, upon orders from the royal governor, have gathered at the Governor’s Palace to aid in protecting the colony’s supply of gunpowder. Cautioned to maintain silence, guests are sent to the Public Magazine only to encounter others who have different thoughts concerning the powder stored there. Before guests can react, young hotheaded patriots come forward and incite the crowd to storm the Palace! Take a role in this historic event through a fast-paced, interactive walking tour dramatizing the events surrounding the Gunpowder Incident.
  • Capitol Concert, 7:30 and 9 p.m., Sundays, April 5-June 14, Capitol. Celebrate an evening of 18th-century harpsichord music with Williamsburg’s premier musician, Peter Pelham.
  • Courage or Cowardice? 7 and 8:30 p.m., Mondays, April 6-June 8, Capitol. Guests are members of the court in this re-enactment based on an actual court of inquiry here in 1779. A Virginia officer took his men and abandoned his post in the face of a British attack, which left the town of Portsmouth and the surrounding area defenseless. Because of his actions, the British cause significant damage. Was he a coward – or worse yet – a traitor? Here the evidence, question the witnesses and cast your vote.

    A separate ticket for each event is required. Cost is $12 for adults and youth ages six-17 and $6 for children under six. For reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY.

    Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

    Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. The museums will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Jan. 2, 2010. For information, call (757) 220-7724.

    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:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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