by Lloyd Suh
directed by Ralph Peña
Tuesday, August 15 | 7pm
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th St.
The story of growing up as the only son of Benjamin 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 in his spare time, the United States of America.
Lloyd Suh (Playwright) is the author of Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO, Guthrie with Mu, Princeton University), The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Children’s Theatre Company, Ma-Yi with La Mama, ArtsEmerson, Cultural Center of the Philippines), American Hwangap (Magic Theatre, Ma-Yi, Halcyon /A-Squared, Cultural Center of the Philippines, PCPA in Seoul, Korea), Jesus in India (Magic, Ma-Yi), Great Wall Story (Denver Center) and others. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, the Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire initiative via the Lark, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome, TCG and Dramatists Guild, and is a recipient of the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Playhouse, Lilah Kan Red Socks Award and awards from the Off-Broadway Alliance and American Alliance for Theatre & Education. His plays have been published by Sam French, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He currently serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and has since 2011 served as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.
Ralph B. Peña (Director). Recent directing credits: Julia Specht’s Down Cleghorn for the EST Marathon, Hansol Jung’s Among The Dead, A. Rey Pamatmat’s House Rules (Ma-Yi), Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Arts Emerson, The Cultural Center of the Philippines) andThe Orphan of Zhao (Fordham Mainstage). His work has been seen at the NYSF Public Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Dublin Theater Festival, among others. He is the Producing Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company in NY, and a proud member of EST. This is for Damien, always and forever.