Behind the Scenes
Elizabeth Deane, Executive Producer & WriterPeter Jones, DirectorJill Reurs, Script SupervisorSimon Russell Beale, ActorWigsCostumesResearch & Props

In the colonial era, men wore wigs made from human and goat hairs and even wool or straw. For this production, some wigs were custom- made, others were rented.

What we're trying to do is as closely as possible replicate what John Adams and Abigail looked like. -- Peg Schierholz, Wig Designer
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Schierholz adjusts Beale's wig.

Schierholz adjusts Beale's wig.

Behind the Scenes John & Abigail Adams American Experience PBS