March 9, 2012
Revolutionary City Returns To Historic Area Streets For Seventh Season
Colonial Williamsburg opens its award-winning interactive street drama — The Revolutionary City — for a seventh season March 12. Three distinct episodes, presented seven days a week, are the Historic Area’s flagship presentations through late November.
“Revolutionary City: The King’s Government Collapses, 1765-1776” — presented Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — chronicles growing colonial unrest as loyal subjects turn against their king. Revolutionary ideas compel Virginians, and all Americans to choose between monarchy and self-government. From April 1775 to July 1776, events take place in Williamsburg that change Virginians from subjects of a distant monarch to citizens of a self governing republic.
The companion episode, “Revolutionary City: The Challenge of Independence, 1776-1781,” reveals the human drama Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in war-torn Williamsburg. Guests experience the challenges of creating a new self-governing society. 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.
Mondays offer “Building a Nation,” acquainting guests with both well-known and obscure townspeople of 18th-century Williamsburg. Guests engage patriot leaders, visionary preachers and other residents — enslaved and free — as they shape a new society with the promise of liberty and prosperity for all its citizens.
“Revolutionary Stories” provide background to scenes in the Revolutionary City and encourage guests to explore other sites in the Historic Area.
Admission to The Revolutionary City and its companion presentations is by Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.