Boston, 1768. John Adams is a young lawyer newly arrived in town; together he and his wife Abigail seek to contain the growing violence of the patriot rebellion against British oppression -- and to contain scandal in the backstairs romance between John's clerk and Abigail's maid. Adams represents the high-living John Hancock, whose sloop Liberty has been confiscated by the British, only to infuriate Hancock two years later after the Boston Massacre, by representing the British regiment charged with murder for firing on a riotous patriot mob. With clarity and wit, Counsellor Adams breathes life into the people, times, and upheavals leading to the American Revolution.
- Dramatic comedy
- 110 - 130 minutes
- 2 f, 5 m (6-7 actors possible: exactly 2 f, 4-5 m)
- Set: Single set: the study, antechamber, and entrance to the Adams' Boston residence, 1768-1770