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April 12, 2012

“So Far From Scioto” and “The War Party” Return to The Revolutionary City

The Native American presence in Williamsburg during the American Revolution is presented in the Historic Area in two Revolutionary City episodes — “So Far From Scioto” and “The War Party” — that begin an eight-day run Saturday, April 14.

“So Far From Scioto” chronicles the saga of three young Shawnee emissaries who were brought to Williamsburg in late 1774 as security to ensure compliance with a peace agreement that ended Lord Dunmore’s War in the Ohio Country. Entertained and honored as diplomatic emissaries, the delegation witnesses the turmoil and public outcry in Williamsburg during the spring of 1775. Torn by political uncertainty and their sense of honor to serve as security for the safety of the Shawnee people, they consider their course of action.

“The War Party” continues the Shawnee’s Revolutionary saga. As warfare increases in the Ohio Valley, the Shawnee face difficult decisions about taking sides in the conflict. What best serves the Shawnee: ally with the British or honor the American request for neutrality?

“So Far From Scioto” is presented at 3:30 p.m. April 14 and at 4:10 p.m. April 17 and 19 in the amphitheater behind R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse.

“The War Party” is presented at 3:40 p.m. April 15 and at 3:45 p.m. April 18 and 20 in the amphitheater behind R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse.

Guests are invited to join the cast in behind-the-scenes “unplugged” looks at producing Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian public history as the veteran actors and line producers openly discuss their work. Moderated by a cultural anthropologist, a question and answer session allows guests a rare opportunity to explore Native American culture, history and civic engagement. “So Far From Scioto Unplugged” is presented at 11:30 a.m. April 17, 19 and 21 at the stage in the Governor’s Palace gardens. “The War Party Unplugged” is presented at 5:30 p.m. April 18 and 20 at the Play Booth on Palace Green.

Admission to “So Far From Scioto” and “The War Party” programs is by Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card.

“So Far From Scioto” and “The War Party” are part of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s American Indian Initiative, which takes a broad-based approach to include the histories of Native peoples in 18th-century Williamsburg and draws on the talents and resources of the American Indian community. The Shawnee characters are portrayed by an all Native cast.

Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative is supported by gifts from two generous Colonial Williamsburg donors.

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. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. 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

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