March 15, 2011
Revolutionary City Returns!
Colonial Williamsburg opens its award-winning street drama — The Revolutionary City — for a sixth season March 14. Three distinct episodes, presented seven days a week, are the Historic Area’s flagship presentations through late November.
“Revolutionary City: The King’s Government Collapses, 1765-1776” — presented Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — chronicles growing colonial unrest as loyal subjects turn against their king. Revolutionary ideas compel Virginians, and all Americans to choose between monarchy and self-government.
The companion episode, “Revolutionary City: The Challenge of Independence, 1776-1781,” reveals the human drama Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in war-torn Williamsburg. Guests experience the challenges of creating a new self-governing society. As both free and enslaved cope with the effects of war profiteering, rampant inflation and other hardships, they ponder their loyalties and what the future holds.
Mondays offer “Building a Nation,” acquainting guests with both well-known and obscure townspeople of 18th-century Williamsburg. Guests engage patriot leaders, visionary preachers and other residents, enslaved and free, as they shape a new society with the promise of liberty and prosperity for all its citizens.
“Revolutionary Stories” provide background to scenes in the Revolutionary City and encourage guests to explore other sites in the Historic Area.