Celebrating not only the writing of our country’s constitution, but also celebrating some of Springfield’s greatest talent, Gretchen Teague directs a new all-female staging of Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone's "1776," Broadway’s greatest historical musical, for Springfield Contemporary Theatre. With quick-witted dialogue and a playful score, 1776 dramatizes the impassioned debates of Philadelphia’s Second Continental Congress. As George Washington sends updates from the military front, patriots John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson attempt to persuade the 13 colonies to separate from British rule. Motivated by a series of abuses from King George, America’s first politicians forge a new democracy by composing the Declaration of Independence. Based on the letters and memoirs of America’s founding fathers, this classic, Tony Award-winning musical showcases the principles, pride and determination that influenced the birth of our nation. The all-female "1776" opens at the Vandivort Center Theatre, 305 E. Walnut 4th floor, Friday June 29 and runs through July 14: Friday and Saturday June 29 and 30, Thursday through Saturday July 5 through 7, and Friday and Saturday July 13 and 14 all at 7:30pm; with two Sunday matinees at 2:00pm on July 1st and 8th. For ticket information call 831-8001 or visit www.springfieldcontemporarytheatre.org.