August 27, 2009
Revolutionary City fall hours begin on Aug. 31
The fourth season of Colonial Williamsburg's highly acclaimed Revolutionary City® programs returns to its autumn schedule beginning Monday, Aug. 31. The two-hour, dramatic outdoor presentation of interactive stories and events begins at 3 p.m. each day at the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street near the Capitol. Ticketed guests are invited to follow their Revolutionary-era counterpart’s transition from subjects to citizens and make connections between those Revolutionary changes and issues facing citizens today.
"All Cause of Danger,” the companion drama to “Collapse of Royal Government, 1774-1776,” is presented on the Courthouse steps at noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. “Blessings of Liberty,” a prelude to “Citizens at War, 1776-1781,” explores the tensions created by revolutionary fervor at noon Wednesdays and Fridays at the Courthouse of 1770. These scenes from “All Cause of Danger” and “Blessings of Liberty” begin Sept. 22 and 23.
Mondays offer “Building A Nation!” which acquaints ticketed guests with both well-known and obscure 18th-century townspeople of Williamsburg as they pursue their lives against a backdrop of world-changing events. Guests meet and engage patriot leaders, visionary preachers and other residents as they shape a new society with the promise of liberty and prosperity for all its citizens.
“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 compel 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 is presented Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
“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 welcomes the Declaration of Independence and endure occupation by traitor Benedict Arnold and his British troops. Gen. Washington or Gen. Lafayette addresses the citizens of Williamsburg before 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 during this episode of The Revolutionary City Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
“Get Revved! Revolutionary City for Families and Patriots of all Ages” is offered daily with a Revolutionary character providing families with a guide to the day’s experiences and how best to enjoy the dramatic presentations of the day.
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 comparisons to events and issues confronting citizens of today.
Admission to The Revolutionary City is by a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit www.history.org.
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 www.history.org.