Lloyd Suh


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by Lloyd Suh

The story of growing up as the only son of Benjmain Franklin: the greatest scientific mind in the world, inventor of the lightning rod and the urinary catheter and the glass harmonica and bifocal glasses and, oh yeah, in his spare time the United States of America.

“A unique and unexpected retelling of the birth of the nation… Hilarious. The ideas Suh’s script grapple with prove even more moving than the comedy.”—Onstage Colorado

“[A]… very cool little play.”—Chicago Tribune

“A revelation and a delight.”—Newcity Stage

Production Notes

Character List(3M)

BEN Franklin — aging from 46 to 79 years old

WILLIAM Franklin — aging from 20 to 53 years old

William TEMPLE Franklin — 23 years old

Time: 1752 to 1785

Place: Philadelphia, the Atlantic Ocean, London, and New Jersey


Lloyd Suh

Lloyd Suh is the 2019 winner of the Herb Alpert Award for Theater. His play The Chinese Lady was hailed a New York Times Critics’ Pick during its NY run. Past and upcoming productions include Barrington Stage, Ma-Yi, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Magic Theater, Artists at Play and Artists Rep. Other plays include Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO, Theater Mu), The Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! (Ma-Yi, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, NEA Arena Stage New Play Development Grant) and American Hwangap (Magic Theatre, Ma-Yi/PlayCo, Tanghalang Pilipino). Named one of “50 to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild, Lloyd has received additional grants,awards and fellowships from the Dramatists Guild, the Jerome Foundation, the Lark Play Development Center, SecondGeneration, Pan Asian Repertory and NAATCO.

(Photo by Karin Shook)