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Mamie Gummer gets the royal treatment

April 27, 2010 |  2:45 pm

Mamie gummer As the daughter of Hollywood royalty, Mamie Gummer knows a thing or two about the inner workings of the social elite. But in her latest role, Gummer -- whose mother is Meryl Streep -- will draw on history to channel her inner aristocrat.

As the first of several actors who will participate in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s new artist-in-residence program, Gummer will star as Lady Dunmore in “Lady Dunmore Prepares for the Ball,” which will be presented Sunday at an open-air theater on the grounds of the Governor’s Palace.

Gummer portrayed Sally Smith Adams, a daughter-in-law of Revolutionary War patriot and second U.S. president John Adams and wife Abigail, in the HBO miniseries adapted from John McCullough's bestselling biography. The series was partly filmed at Colonial Williamsburg. 

Her appearance at Williamsburg is in a theater piece about the spring 1774 arrival of Charlotte Murray, the Countess of Dunmore and wife of Virginia’s British royal governor, John Murray. In the wake of the recent Boston Tea Party, Dunmore prepares for the official welcome ball given in her honor by Virginia’s leading politicians.

Gummer is a veteran of Broadway and other New York stages, making her debut in the Roundabout Theatre's production of "Mr. Marmalade" in 2005. Her film work includes Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock."

If you didn't score tickets to the weekend performances, Colonial Williamsburg’s artist-in-residence program is set for its second installment this fall.

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Mamie Gummer attends the Broadway opening of "Promises, Promises" at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday. Credit: Getty Images