May 25, 2007
Revolutionary City program moves to morning hours for summer season beginning June 19
Season Two of Colonial Williamsburg’s highly-acclaimed outdoor dramatic presentation, Revolutionary City, moves to cooler morning hours for the summer season beginning Monday, June 18, offering new scenes, stories and events in the Historic Area for ticketed guests.
New program additions in 2007 to the Revolutionary City experience include Nation Builders, Revolutionary Stories and Revolutionary City After Dark. In addition, new summer scenes for the engaging and interactive two-hour drama, Revolutionary City, present special appeal for families as guests follow their Revolutionary forebears’ transition from subjects to citizens and make connections between those Revolutionary changes and the issues facing citizens today.
The two-hour dramatic presentation, Revolutionary City, is presented 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday in the Historic Area near the Capitol. “Revolutionary Stories,” a new program with presentations staged during afternoons at the Governor’s Palace, complements the day’s Revolutionary City episode.
Guests experience the Collapse of Royal Government in the Revolutionary City as colonial outrage turned loyal subjects against their king and sparked revolutionary ideas that divided loyalties – even within families – and compelled Williamsburg residents to choose between monarchy and self-government. Collapse of Royal Government is presented Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays while “Revolutionary Stories” explore the challenges facing Royal Governor Dunmore and Lady Dunmore’s preparations to meet the colony’s leading families.
Rumors of war crimes headline “Citizens At War” – the second episode of Revolutionary City. With independence declared, but far from achieved, residents of war-torn Williamsburg faced a new set of concerns. Slaves considered the uncertain promise of freedom if they would flee their patriot masters and join the British. Citizens strive to survive the ravages of war and a British occupation of their city, and then finally celebrate Gen. Washington’s advance on nearby Yorktown. “Citizens At War” is presented Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. “Revolutionary Stories” presentations bring guests into the 1776 discussion of Virginia’s Declaration of Rights and a new constitution for the Commonwealth while Patrick Henry relates his vision for Virginia as its first elected governor.
“Nation Builders,” presented every Monday, explores the lives of America’s founders – not just the well-known such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, but also the little-known citizens and individuals who quietly built a new nation as they went about their daily lives. As the founders reflect on the American Revolution and the future of the new republic, Martha Washington visits the war-torn capital, and the Marquis de Lafayette recounts his military experiences here. Slaves, such as Lydia Broadnax and Eve Randolph, consider their plight in light of the Declaration of Independence, while a former slave, Gowan Pamphlet, communicates his vision for the Baptist Church he now pastors as the shadow of slavery puts his congregation at risk.
As the sun sets, the evening presents new opportunities for guests to continue the Revolutionary activities. Beginning in April, Revolutionary City After Dark presents “The Gunpowder Plot,” an opportunity for guests to explore the royal governor’s secret plan to leave the colony defenseless and the angry response to his action, and “A Capitol Ball” – an evening of music, dance and revelry celebrating of the arrival of Lady Dunmore set against a backdrop of political intrigue. Revolutionary City After Dark events require a separate ticket.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.