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June 16, 2006

"Jefferson & Adams" live performances return to CW's Kimball Theatre for fifth season

Two of America’s Founding Fathers will return to the stage at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre June 30-July 2 for the fifth season of live performances of “Jefferson and Adams.”

“First presented at the Kimball Theatre in 2001 as a costumed reading, this play’s popularity continues to grow as it returns each year, now in full production, to examine the beginnings of our American identity,” said Clay Riley, program manager for the Kimball Theatre.
The play features Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned character historian Bill Barker as Jefferson, seasoned Colonial Williamsburg actress Abigail Schumann as Abigail Adams, and the popular Sam Goodyear as John Adams.

Written by Howard Ginsberg, “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.

This live performance can be seen at 7:30 p.m. June 30 and July 1 and 3 p.m. July 2. General admission is $12, and admission for seniors and students is $10. Reservations are required.

The stage production is presented in cooperation with the Jefferson Legacy Foundation.

“Jefferson & Adams: The Stage Play” DVD also 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, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre offers live performances and art films seven days each week. For theater program information, call (757) 565-8588. Tickets are available at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location or by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or visiting The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m. or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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