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June 24, 2005

Two Founding Fathers let sparks fly during Fourth of July weekend at CW's Kimball Theatre

Two of America’s Founding Fathers will return to the stage at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre July 1-3 for the fourth season of live performances of “Jefferson and Adams.”

“It has been a pleasure to watch the growth of this production, both theatrically and in popularity,” said Clay Riley, program manager for the Kimball Theatre. “Sold out performances testify to the artistic merit and historical significance of ‘Jefferson and Adams’.”

The play features Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned character historian Bill Barker as Jefferson, seasoned Colonial Williamsburg character interpreter Abigail Schumann as Abigail Adams, and the popular Sam Goodyear as John Adams.

Written by Howard Ginsberg and directed by Doug Anderson, “Jefferson and Adams” tells the story of the 50-year turbulent friendship of these two American presidents and Adams’ wife, Abigail, through their correspondence between 1776 and 1826.

Performances will be conducted 7:30 p.m. July 1-2 and 3 p.m. July 3. General admission is $12, and admission for seniors and students is $10.

Several public broadcasting stations across Virginia will air "Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play" as part of their Independence Week program lineup. Local public broadcast station WHRO, which serves southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, will air the production 9:30 p.m. July 4. The play also will be broadcast in various cities, including Detroit, Sacramento, Calif., Albuquerque, N.M. and Santa Fe, N.M., to name a few.

“Jefferson & Adams: The Stage Play” DVD now is available for sale online at Filmed in Colonial Williamsburg’s Bruton Heights School studio, the stage play was re-created especially for television. In addition, a 15-minute documentary can be found on the DVD where the actors, writer and director give their thoughts on the production.

The Kimball Theatre performance and DVD were produced in cooperation with the Jefferson Legacy Foundation of Ripton, Vt, which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to celebrating, applying and raising awareness of Thomas Jefferson's living legacy in a modern world. Jefferson's legacy includes models for civic responsibility; active participation in society; revitalization of democracy; lifelong learning; service to others; and the pursuit of happiness.

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