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June 30, 2006

Award-winning live performances and movies fill July, August schedule

On top of all the other fun-filled educational programs Colonial Williamsburg has to offer this summer, the Foundation’s Kimball Theatre is at the top of the list with live performances and movies that have been wowing audiences around the world.Kimball Theatre presents performances that explore historical 18th-century icons as well as musical entertainment.

Live performances that stem from the 18th century include:

  • “Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry or George Washington,” 2 p.m. July 7, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29 and at 2 and 3:30 p.m. July 6, 20, 21, 27, August 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 31. Reservations required. Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or a Good Neighbor Card required.
  • “Martha Washington Speaks With Children,” 1:30 p.m. July 9, August 20 and 27. General admission $5, seniors/students $4.
  • “Martha Washington: Her Life and Times,” 3 p.m. July 9, August 20 and 27. General admission $5, seniors/students $4.
  • “Grand Medley of Entertainment,” 7:30 p.m. July 3, 5, 10, 17, 24, 31 August 7, 9, 14, 21, 23, 28 and 30. 8 p.m. July 12, 19, 26 and August 16. Colonial Performance Ticket $12.
  • “Colonial Kids,” 5:30 p.m. July 12, 19, 26 and August 16. Adults $12, children under 6 $5.
  • “18th-century Play: A Miss in Her Teens,” 8 p.m. July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Colonial Performance Ticket $12.
  • “Jefferson and Adams,” 7:30 p.m. July 1 and 3 p.m. July 2. The compelling story of two celebrated Founding Fathers—Thomas Jefferson and John Adams—returns to the Kimball Theatre for encore performances of Howard Ginsberg’s “Jefferson & Adams.” Renowned character historian Bill Barker portrays Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Schumann is Abigail Adams, and Sam Goodyear is John Adams. In cooperation with the Jefferson Legacy Foundation. General admission $12, seniors/students $10.

    Movies from the American and foreign cinema include:

  • “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” 7:15 and 9 p.m. July 1 and 2. This is a powerful documentary about an all-inmate Shakespeare company in a medium-security Kentucky prison. The film goes from casting to final performance of “The Tempest,” revealing riveting personal looks at the
    participants and the rehabilitating effects of Shakespeare. Not rated.
  • “An Inconvenient Truth,” 7 and 9 p.m. July 3, 5-12 and 4 p.m. July 4 only. A haunting and inspirational documentary detailing the vital state of global warming and Al Gore’s passionate mission to educated people about and take action against this universal issue. The film powerfully depicts, with humor, beauty and distress, what is happening and what we can do about it. Rated: PG.
  • “The Promise,” 7:10 and 9 p.m. July 13-16. When a young orphan makes a deal with an enchantress to exchange the joy of love for beauty and absolute admiration, she takes on a life both full of sorrow and enthralled by a fairy-tale fantasy. Nominate for Golden Globe’s Best Foreign Language Film and an Official Selection of the Berlin Film Festival, this tale of love and fate is infused with the breathtaking style and vivid grace that Chinese film has come to exemplify. Mandarin with subtitiles. Rated: PG-13.
  • “Kairo (Pulse),” 7 and 9:10 p.m. July 14-18. Why see the Hollywood remake when you can see the Japanese original? Dark, terrifying and resonant, this Japanese horror film delves into the haunting uncertainty of technology as a mysterious computer program leads a group of friends into a world of strange deaths and ghostly shadows in Tokyo. Slowly and subtly, this film will creep you out. Japanese with subtitles. Not rated.
  • “Down in the Valley,” 7:10 and 9:15 p.m. July 18-23. Edward Norton stars as a cowboy who, searching for escape from the space between the old and new West, falls into a romance with a lovely young girl (Evan Rachel Wood). The gentle, moseying affection is too good to be either simple or true as the film explores who the leading man really is. Selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Rated: R.
  • "On a Clear Day,” 7 and 8:45 p.m. July 22-29. When Frank (Peter Mullen) finds himself at 55 without a job or a direction in life, he decides to swim the English Channel to revitalize his future. By making the physical journey, he also finds the ways to repair his relationships with his wife, his son and a pack of colorful friends. As Frank rediscovers reserves of love and compassion, he realizes that he is also swimming from one part of his life to another. Rated: PG-13.
  • “Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont,” 7:10 and 9:10 p.m. July 29-August 6. Intelligent, compassionate Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) moves into a small retirement hotel in London to be near her grandson, who quickly becomes unreachable. She soon befriends a young writer who becomes the grandson she wishes she had and the two help each other live with fervor and compassion through a deep-rooted friendship. This very enjoyable film is British theatrical professionalism at the highest pitch. Not rated.
  • “Don’t Come Knocking,” 7 and 9 p.m. August 6-13. Director Wim Wenders and writer/actor Sam Shephard, who collaborated on the award-winning film “Paris, Texas,” once again join forces for this dark drama of a man trying to turn over a new leaf late in life. From the dregs of a life about to burn out comes new hope as a veteran Western film star emerges from a dead-end existence to seek the child (and life) he has never known. Winner of European Film Awards Best Cinematographer and an Official Selection of Cannes. The distinguished cast includes Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, George Kennedy, Fairuza Balk,Julia Sweeney and Tim Matheson. Rated: R.
  • “Mongolian Ping-Pong,” 3 and 5 p.m. August 12 and 7:10 and 9:10 p.m. August 13-15. A young, rural Mongolian boy’s adventures begin when he finds a ping-pong ball floating down the river and mistakes a foreign object for a national treasure. Set in the magnificent steppe grasslands, this film explores the innocently mischievous explorations of the boy and his friends as they journey toward Beijing and discover the expanding world around
    them. Mongolian with subtitles. Not rated.
  • “Art School Confidential,” 7 and 9 p.m. August 15-20. Angelica Houston and John Melodic are part of the colorful ensemble cast in this inside look at the eccentric and funny world of art school. The film follows Jerome, a sensitive young artist, as he seeks validation for his paintings and recognition from his dream girl. Rated: R.
  • “Water,” 7:10 and 9:15 p.m. August 18-22. Set in 1930s India, this beautifully filmed, deeply moving film tells the talk of a group of remarkable women living in an ashram for widows. With different histories, hopes and
    fears, they try to make the best of their situation, calling into question the place of ancient tradition and social politics. Directed by Deepa Metha, this film is captivating from the first image to the last. Hindi with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • “The King,” 7 and 9 p.m. August 22-27. Gael Garcia Bernal (“Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Motorcycle Diaries”) is a young man who attempts to become part of his estranged father’s (William Hurt) family. This is no happy reunion story, but a morally grueling tale of deception, murder, incest and the ultimate trials of family. Directed by James Marsh, this tense little independent film deserves a large audience. Watching “The King” is a mesmerizing experience. Rated: R.
  • “Strangers With Candy,” 7:10 and 8:45 p.m. August 26-31. Funny lady Amy Sedris and Stephen Colbert star in his satirical, provocative comedy about Jerri Blank, a 46-year-old ex-junkie and ex-con, who returns to high school in an attempt to start her life over. The film is roduced by David Letterman, based on the Comedy Central series by the same name and full of sparkling guest appearances. Rated: R.

    Movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for

    For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit Advance tickets for all performances are available by calling toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or by visiting any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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