In Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, the sparkly world of Hollywood is melding with the town's deep dedication to history. With the Guest Artist Program, Colonial Williamsburg has created a draw for people who might otherwise not think to visit this historically rich area. And with the less than stellar economy, these affordable gems in our own backyard are not to be missed.
On September 25, Guest Artist Jesse Williams, a Grey's Anatomy heartthrob, will perform from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in What Holds the Future, a story of a group of slaves fighting for their freedom. The show takes place in the Historic Area, a 301-acre encampment of 88 original 18th-century structures, and hundreds of original houses, shops, and public outbuildings. The Guest Artist Program was created to showcase the talents of young actors along with Colonial Williamsburg’s own actor-interpreters in scenes depicting pivotal moments in 18th-century Colonial history, a subject a lot of American kids are missing out on.
About Jesse Williams: Known most recently for his appearances as Dr. Jackson Avery in the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy, Jesse Williams will return to the show in the fall for his second season. Williams was last seen in the Antoine Fuqua directed feature film, Brooklyn’s Finest opposite Don Cheadle and Richard Gere, and he has also performed off-Broadway in award-winning playwright Edward Albee’s The American Dream and The Sandbox. In January, Williams can be seen in MGM’s upcoming film Cabin in the Woods.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Williams graduated from Temple University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in African American Studies and Film and Media Arts. Prior to the start of his acting career, Mr. Williams taught American Studies, African Studies, and English at a Philadelphia public high school. Performing in the colonial capital as part of the Foundation’s educational outreach efforts is a natural way for Williams to blend his love of history and theater.
"I am looking forward to participating in Colonial Williamsburg’s Guest Artist program. It’s a rare opportunity to be part of a theatrical performance that tells a riveting story of the early days of the American experience,” said Williams. “It doesn’t get much better for a former history teacher.”
To reserve tickets and for additional information please visit their website or call Colonial Williamsburg at 1-800-HISTORY.
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