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Author: Fredd Wayne Narrator: Fredd Wayne Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9781572706019
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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 private correspondence.

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.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The acting is superb.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Benjamin Franklin, Citizen is tactful in reporting on the personal details of Franklin’s life—his common-law wife, French mistress and illegitimate son. You have to be attentive, but it’s all there and is a welcome addition to the audio tradition that also includes similar treatments of the lives of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.”

    Arizona Daily Star

  • “In the same category as Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight…consistently entertaining.”


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About the Author

Fredd Wayne’s career includes stage, film, and television performances. He is the creator and performer of Benjamin Franklin, Citizen, which he performed off Broadway and toured with throughout Europe.