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1619

1619

In the early dawn of August 20, 1619, a wounded ship limped through the mist into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Its mission was dark and shrouded in political espionage. It was an English ship flying under a Dutch flag and carrying a letter of marque from the Protestant Dutch Prince Maurice – a license to legally pirate Spanish or Portuguese ships. The pirate was English Captain John Collin Jope and the ship was The White Lion.

As The White Lion’s hull cut silently through the morning water, they passed, unceremoniously, by Cape Henry, the site where Christopher Newport had led his Virginia Company crew ashore for the “First Landing”. And now, just 12 years later, another “First Landing” was about to take place; one marked with pain and triumph. And one that would forever change the face of this still-infant nation.

1619 tells the compelling story of the native Africans who first set foot on American soil. It is a story of lives and cultures interrupted – and destinies grafted together. Told through riveting live performance, dramatic video, and a powerful musical score, 1619 is a story that 400 years later must be told. 

July 5th – Aug 25th (except Friday July 12)
Fri, Sat and Sun at 8:30pm and 9:30pm
26th Street between Atlantic Ave and the Boardwalk

  


 Aviators and Afterburners

Aviators and Afterburners: A Naval Airpower Legacy 

AVIATORS AND AFTERBURNERS is a 30-minute theatrical performance honoring naval aviation and chronicles how Hampton Roads played a part in its history. On May 8, 1911, the United States Navy ordered its first airplanes and US Naval Aviation was born. Over the course of the past century, Naval Aviation roared forward on the backs of the finest aircraft, aviators, and flight crews in the world. Now, over 100 years after its founding, the spirit and essence of United States Naval Aviation is celebrated in this 30-minute theatrical show.

July 4th – Aug 24th
Thurs and Sat at 8:30pm and 9:30pm
Naval Aviation Monument Park at 25th Street

 


 The Witch of Pungo

The Witch of Pungo 

In 1706 the Commonwealth of Virginia convicted the first and only woman in its history of the crime of witchcraft. In this half-hour mini-musical the story of Grace Sherwood is resurrected with full cast, sets and lighting, and a haunting original score. This remarkable re-enactment will discover the real story behind the witch hunt that memorized the early colonies, from the accusations to the dramatic conclusion – her trial by water! You’ll experience that what happened in colonial America centuries ago was far scarier than witchcraft. 

July 16th – Aug 22nd
Tues, Weds and Thurs at 8:30pm and 9:30pm
26th Street between Atlantic Ave and the Boardwalk

 


 Wreck of the Dictator

Wreck of the Dictator 

The Statue of the Norwegian Lady at 25th Street and the Oceanfront has long been a site of local renown, but few know the real story behind the landmark. The Wreck of the Dictator is a dramatic re-telling of the story that held Hampton Roads captive in 1891 and, ultimately, inspired the statue. The heart-stopping story of the Norwegian ship “Dictator” and her gallant crew is breathtakingly produced with full lighting, sound, and special effects at the very sight where the wreck took place. Truth is truly more gripping than fiction!

July 5th – Aug 25th
Fri, Sat and Sun at 8pm and 9pm
Naval Aviation Monument Park at 25th Street

 


 Valor: Story of the U.S. Navy SEALS

Valor: Story of the U.S. Navy SEALS 

Valor is a 25 minute theatrical show which honors the history and recounts some of the most compelling missions of the US Navy SEALS in our nation's history. Valor is led by a dynamic storyteller who details the SEALS' history using photos and projected media. 

July 5th – Aug 25th
Fri and Sun at 8:30pm and 9:30pm
Naval Aviation Monument Park at 25th Street

 


 

2019 Tentative Historical Program Schedule 

 

1619 – Fri, Sat and Sun at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm, 26th Street between Atlantic Ave and the Boardwalk, July 5th thru Aug 25th 

 

Aviators and Afterburners: A Naval Airpower Legacy – Thurs and Sat at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm, Naval Aviation Monument Park at 25th Street, July 4th thru Aug 24th 

 

The Witch of Pungo – Tues, Weds and Thurs at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm, 26th Street between Atlantic Ave and the Boardwalk, July 9th thru Aug 22nd 

 

Wreck of the Dictator – Fri, Sat and Sun at 8 pm and 9 pm, Naval Aviation Monument Park at 25th Street, July 5th thru Aug 25th 

 

Valor: Story of the U.S. Navy SEALS – Fri and Sun at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm, Naval Aviation Monument Park at 25th Street, July 5th thru Aug 25th

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