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Ben Franklin & Baron von Steuben vs. the Paine County School Board

Comedy, Controversy, and History Featured in New Play

Ben Franklin & Baron von Steuben vs. the Paine County School BoardIndividuals of all political persuasions invoke the “Founding Fathers” to justify their positions – but have you ever wondered what the Founding Fathers themselves would think?

That’s the question at the heart of Ben Franklin & Baron von Steuben vs. the Paine County School Board, the latest play from TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater opening Friday, May 6 and running through Saturday, May 21 at TAPIT/new works Theater, 1957 Winnebago Street on Madison’s east side.

The play is inspired by a little-known historical fact – Baron von Steuben, the Revolutionary War hero credited with transforming the Continental Army into a force capable of beating the British, was a gay man. When a history teacher in the fictitious Paine County School District teaches this, and conservative school board members get wind of it, the stage is set for dramatic confrontation.

 

Ben Franklin & Baron von Steuben vs. the Paine County School Board Press Release