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| August 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Experience one of the most interesting personalities in history brought to life before your eyes!

1775: An Explosive Time in History…

A roller coaster ride from humorous comedy to heartfelt drama and back again … You will never think of Franklin in the same way ever again !

Benjamin Franklin Lives is a theatrical offering that is lavishly entertaining to the mind and most enjoyable to the emotions of the audience.

Every aspect of Benjamin Franklin Lives is set in the fall of 1775. Why is that ?

Because – THIS is a neglected moment in an understanding of our history

A moment in time where Benjamin Franklin found himself between a rock and a hard place !

An extremely interesting time – yet neglected in our history about this important transition in the life of Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin had barely escaped London as a warrant was issued for his arrest. He had served the colonies fervently to avoid conflict and reconcile the growing paradoxical differences between England and the American colonies.

Doctor Franklin is also dealing with his own personal demons in his life !

Benjamin Franklin had just returned by ship to Philadelphia after many years serving the American colony’s interests in London, England. He is about to take the greatest adventure in his life…

Upon arrival in Philadelphia after many weeks sailing across the ocean, Franklin was informed of the terrible events in the Massachusetts colony at the township of concord and Lexington Green.

This live event for you to enjoy, is a window into this great man’s personal conflicts, personality and triumphs.

Benjamin Franklin Lives is a living history reenactment.

A showcase of professional performance arts excellence.

A work of great strives in historical accuracy in a study from the historical events down to the creative push for accuracy in wardrobe and sets.

A non-political yet historically accurate offering of the moment the world changed.

Every member of the audience can walk away after experiencing this unique event having gained knowledge and wisdom to apply to their lives today.

Benjamin Franklin is Calling a Secret Meeting for You to Attend –

Benjamin Franklin addresses all who attend and reveals his life, his wisdom and his secrets. He has a lot of explaining to do among many rumors that abound.

It is the year 1775 and time is of the essence. Franklin must share his secrets to only the most trusted American colonists, stop the raging rumors and thwart the lies and inaccuracies being spread by his detractors. However, there may be a few spies from the King in this meeting!

Experience this historical event for yourself. A great time awaits all! It is a microscope of time and an entertaining moment of the theater arts.

You will indeed enter a time machine and meet The Doctor as the theater you enter becomes a place where you will be addressed directly by Benjamin Franklin as he explains himself.

The times surrounding the year of 1775 are brought to life. Benjamin Franklin explains the times, his inventions, his business triumphs and the events leading up to the present in his own words.

You are transported back to the year 1775 and will experience Benjamin Franklin’s world at that moment. You will gain great insight as Doctor Franklin reveals his own demons that torture him as well as his transition into the age of enlightenment.

About the Producer and Performer – Tony Rollo

Tony Rollo is a Nashville based Media Producer, feature filmmaker, honor society actor and Director with a formal background in electronic engineering. He has many audio and video works to his credit. For his living history audio works, his actor’s group of characters are known as “The Mighty American Art Players”.

Tony was invited at 16 years old to join the International Thespian Society.

Tony Rollo shares a fellowship as alumni in this illustrious honor society with actors such as Tom Hanks, Dick Van Dyke, John Goodman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Faye Dunaway, Val Kilmer, Cloris Leachman, Tony Randall, Amy Acker and many other successful actors.

Tony spent his early years in professional touring theaters and solo theatrical projects before his positions in the professional recording industry and work in the computer industry. This was his solid foundation in successfully combining technology with the performing arts.

Tony has a wide experience in the Entertainment Industry, print and digital media publishing, radio broadcasting and voice over performance. His work has be seen and heard in many professional arenas.

Tony Rollo also spent a few years at the Museum Of Science And Industry in Tampa. He appeared as the resident science wizard performing several live shows daily and sponsored by a major department store chain based in Florida.

Tony has produced and directed two feature films to his credit to date. His second feature film is the acclaimed feature documentary “Submariners: The Men Of The Silent Service” which appeared in theaters in 2016.

His second feature movie has been called “the best submarine docudrama ever made” by leaders in the United States Submarine Service. The GI Film Festival in Washington D.C. declared this feature to be “of the highest quality” where he not only directed and produced the feature, created motion graphic animations, but also edited the feature as well as mastered and authored the DVD release.

Benjamin Franklin Lives was prepared over several years of research, script writing and production work. It comes after a lifelong study since he was eleven years old of his favorite human, Benjamin Franklin.

It all began in 1972 when Tony was chosen to perform at Disney world in a ceremony of American history at Liberty Square. And he met – face to face – Benjamin Franklin.

Tony, as a young boy merely encountered a Walt Disney actor portraying Benjamin Franklin for that event at Disney World while performing a live scene for the day of course

Yet – that Disney actor took a particular interest backstage in the possible future of the young, eleven year old Tony Rollo.

That Disney World actor took time to inspire and instill into Tony the spark that began a lifelong study of American History, a love of acting and also to study the great man himself, Benjamin Franklin.

Tony’s desire now – after such an early influence, lifelong study and years of work, is to bring the accuracy and attention to detail the living history world strives to achieve onto the stage for a new and unique audience experience.

Benjamin Franklin Lives is based on the historical writings of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography and digging through his vast number of archived personal letters and correspondence across his life.

Only Benjamin Franklin’s actual writings were considered in preparing this amazing production in order to keep to historical accuracy. Many surprises await you !

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