Ben Franklin’s wisdom is just as potent now as it was more than two hundred years ago. A founding father of the United States, he was also a world
citizen, a philosopher, author, and scientist. Fredd Wayne’s brilliant
performance reveals this genius with a sense of proportion that
carefully balances excerpts from Franklin’s public writings and his
The first act is devoted to Franklin’s life in
Philadelphia, where we meet the politically savvy Ben, the inventor
Ben, the entertaining Ben, the womanizing Ben, the father Ben. The
second act in Paris shows Ben to be a complex man of vast intelligence,
humor, and some brooding regrets.
Wayne also portrays Franklin’s
common-law wife Deborah, his friend John Jay, his Parisienne mistress
Madame Helvetia, and his illegitimate son William. As Franklin, Wayne
sings a song to “My Plain Joan” and plays the glass harmonica, revealing
yet another talent of a very real and lovable human being. In this
exclusive production, Ben Franklin speaks to us all. Download and start listening now!