Monday, October 4, 2010
RANDALL DOES A LITTLE ACTING... BEN FRANKLIN HAS A TEA PARTY
BEN FRANKLIN HAS A TEA PARTY
What happens when our best loved founding father is miraculously teleported into a 21 st century television studio to face questions from an aggressive group of lively panelists? There are questions to be asked. Was Mr. Franklin a traitor to his country? Which country? What exactly was his role in the infamous tea party episode? How come gentle Ben owned slaves? What role did he think religion should play in civic life? What about taxes? And, getting more personal, what about his reputation as a ladies' man? What about that illegitimate son of his? There's more to Ben Franklin than a kite in a storm, as audiences will discover when they attend Ben Franklin's Tea Party at THEATREWORKS, 14-17 October in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater at UCCS.
The production features Christopher Lowell as Benjamin Franklin. Lowell has been portraying America's first citizen for the better part of the last decade, with acclaimed appearances all over the country. Lowell, a fluent French speaker, was invited to the celebration of the Marquis de La Fayette's 250 th birthday in Paris. By all accounts he is the best Ben Franklin anyone has ever seen since the original left us in 1790.
At THEATREWORKS, Ben Franklin will face a formidable quartet of panelists. Richard Randall, host of a local conservative radio talk show on KVOR, will be on hand, along with Mary Sprunger-Froese of the Pikes Peak Peace and Justice Commission, Professor Lynda Dickson, head of the UCCS Sociology Department, and Julian Bucknall representing the English government. Murray Ross, THEATREWORKS Artistic Director, will moderate with a heavy gavel. After the panel discussion, Franklin will then face unscripted questions from audience members. Tea will be served.
Ben Franklin's Tea Party plays Oct. 14, 15, 16 at 7:30p.m, with a 2:00 matinee on Oct. 16, and a 4:00 p.m. performance on Oct. 17. Each performance will be broadcast live on the on the UCCS cable television channel. For reservations and further information, contact the THEATREWORKS box office at (719) 255-3232, or online at www.theatreworkscs.org.
Ben Franklin's Tea Party
By Murray Ross
WHEN/WHERE: Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater
3955 Regent Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Matinee at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday at 4:00 pm.
RUNNING TIME Approximately 90 minutes with NO intermission
Children under 5 will not be admitted.
For more information call the THEATREWORKS Box Office at (719) 255-
3232 or e-mail: Tickets@uccs.edu. Reservations online at
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