English-Speaking Union Will Hear 'Jefferson-Adams' Debate
On Thursday evening, Nov. 13, two of America's finest historical interpreters, both associated with Colonial Williamsburg, will bring former presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to life in the form of a dramatized discussion on the future of the United States.
Bill Barker and Steven Holloway have been performing these roles in Colonial Williamsburg for over 20 years.
Holloway has also performed as Patrick Henry and Edmund Jennings, acting governor of Virginia in 1706. For the past five years he has portrayed President John Adams. Outside of the Colonial era, Holloway is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has appeared in "The New Detectives," "The F.B.I. Files" and "The Prosecutors."
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Barker's interest in Thomas Jefferson reaches back to his youth. In the spring of 1993 he performed as Thomas Jefferson in a film made to honor Ambassador and Mrs. Walter Annenberg. He has continued to assist in the development of Jefferson programs for the Williamsburg Foundation. Barker has performed as Jefferson at the White House, the Palace of Versailles, and throughout the United States and Great Britain, France and Las Vegas. He has appeared as Jefferson in programs aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, the History Channel and C/SPAN.
The English-Speaking Union is an organization whose mission is "drawing together the English-speaking peoples of the world." Its commitment is promoting scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. The local branch of the English Speaking Union approaches the mission with an outstanding monthly program of informative and entertaining speakers on topics ranging from literary to the geo-political stage; the ESU scholarship program for local educators to study in England and the Moore County Shakespeare Competition.
This event will be held at Country Club of North Carolina. Cocktails will be served beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. After dinner, Holloway and Barker will give their historical presentation.
Those interested in attending the performance and obtaining information regarding membership in the English-Speaking Union, should contact Martha O'Connor, at 235-0635 or e-mail Dr. Phil Hinesley at email@example.com.
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