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American Primitive (or John and Abigail) - Full Length Play

American Primitive (or John and Abigail)

William Gibson, Abigail Adams, John Adams

Full Length Play

4m, 4f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780822200352

As the words drawn from their letters, diaries and books reveal, John …

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Full Length Play


Bare Stage/Simple Set

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.


4m, 4f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)


Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams was the wife of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and the mother of the sixth U.S. president, John Quincy Adams. Abigail was descended on her mother's side from the Quincys, a prominent New England family. She married John Adams, then a lawyer, in 1764, and they spent much of their early life apart as John Adams traveled as a circuit judge and then became a key player in the ... view full profile

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