Regional Premiere

Show Times
Thursday – Saturday: Performances Start at 7:30 pm
Sunday: Performances Start at 2:00 pm

Welcome to the Regional Premiere of Franklinland by Lloyd Suh! We are overjoyed to include this production in our 25th Anniversary Season. This year, our Silver Anniversary, we are exploring the question “What does it mean to be an American?” This beautiful piece written by Lloyd Suh, is definitely one that fits in perfectly with this question as we explore our country’s foundational roots. This is one production you are absolutely not going to want to miss!

This modern, comic take on the American Revolution puts the spotlight on the relationship between the brilliant and domineering Ben Franklin and his son William. As Ben plants the seeds of a new republic, King George III appoints William as Royal Governor of New Jersey— a change in affairs that creates a revolutionary family rift. Filled with historical context and hilarious jokes, this play will take a comedic approach to exploring our nation’s foundation.

Run Time: 90 Minutes No Intermission

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The Denver Public Library recommends these library resources to enhance your theatre experience.

Monticello: A Daughter and Her Father by Sally Gunning
A tale inspired by the tenuous relationship between the third President and his eldest daughter, Martha, finds her returning after five years abroad to the family’s Virginia plantation, where heartbreak and political challenges are complicated by her father’s absence and her strong anti-slavery views.

Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist, dir. Richard and Carole Rifkind (2010)
As shown in the comedy Franklinland, Benjamin Franklin had the soul of a scientist. What better way to understand scientific obsession than with this documentary following three graduate students in a molecular biology laboratory?

Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father by Nancy Rubin Stuart
Listeners will encounter illegitimate offspring, broken engagements, long silences, suspicious gifts, eighteenth-century social conventions, and unique and compelling women in this scrupulously researched account.

Churchill & Son by Josh Ireland
Randolph Churchill, the only son of the legendary prime minister, could have commiserated with William Franklin about the unique expectations of children of giants in history. Like Will and Benjamin, they had a volatile relationship filled with parenting mistakes. Discover a well-researched story of three generations of Churchills and their complexities.

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