American history on stage: 'Jefferson & Adams' at GHHS

America's second and third presidents will be brought to life on stage in a performance at 7 p.m. Thursday highlighting their 52-year friendship. As a part of the John Adams exhibit featured throughout the summer at Loutit District Library, "Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play' will be performed at the Grand Haven High School Performing Arts Center.
Lydia Coutré
Jul 12, 2011

 

“It’s a very engaging piece of theater,” said Sam Goodyear, who plays the role of John Adams. “It’s very spare, very simply produced — and, for that reason also, I think successful … and it is a very, very strong piece of drama.”

The show is free to the public, but those who wish to attend need to sign up on the library’s website: www.loutitlibrary.org.

The play, written by Howard Ginsberg, depicts the “close but stormy friendship” between Adams and Thomas Jefferson, played by Bill Barker, a Colonial Williamsburg interpreter.

Abigail Schumann, also a Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, portrays Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and a close friend of Jefferson, in the three-character play.

Since it premiered in 1995, “Jefferson & Adams” has been performed throughout the country about a dozen times a year, Ginsberg said.

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