As the words drawn from their letters, diaries and books reveal, John and Abigail Adams were singular people: proud, loving, articulate and filled with the dedication and spirit required to share in the forging of a nation. Through their words, with rhymed addenda spoken and acted by the company, the stuff of their lives—and the drama of the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence—are made eloquently and vividly real on the stage. Blending history and humanity into a vital theatre piece, the play offers a lesson for our time, and all time, and a memorable experience to be shared and not soon forgotten.
First presented by the Berkshire Theatre Festival, in Stockbridge, Mass. (with Anne Bancroft), and then at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, D.C., this striking documentary drama illuminates a vital and stormy period in our nation's founding through its compelling portrait of two remarkable individuals: John and Abigail Adams. "…Mr. Gibson's principal achievement: not merely 'bringing history to life,' but creating two lives that happen to be in history." —National Observer. "…full of humanity and love…" —NY Times.