April 12, 2:00 PM First Lady of Philadelphia: The Life and Times of Deborah Franklin, A Personal Story

CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK April 12, Performance 2:00 p.m., Panel Discussion 3:00 p.m. Paley Library Lecture Hall First Lady of Philadelphia: The Life and Times of Deborah Franklin – A Personal Story (conceived by Roberta Sloan, written by Dennis Moritz and Roberta Sloan, directed by David O’Connor) Deborah Read Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s wife, takes her long-overdue leap into the historic limelight on stage in this entertaining world premiere. Mrs. Franklin is positively unforgettable–charming, warm, wise, fearless, and abundantly opinionated. She is the unsung First Lady of Philadelphia. Temple University Libraries and GenEd present an encore performance of this new work. After the performance, scholars Laura Levitt, Roland Williams, and Susan Klepp, as well as writer and performer Roberta Sloan, will discuss the role that scholars and historical methods played in the creation of this artistic work.

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