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Apr 12, 2024 - May 17, 2024


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A limited drama following the story of the greatest gamble of Benjamin Franklin's career.

In December 1776, Benjamin Franklin is world famous for his electrical experiments, but his passion and power are put to the test when he embarks on a secret mission to France - with the fate of American independence at stake.

At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced an absolute monarchy to underwrite America's experiment in democracy. By virtue of his fame, charisma and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers and hostile colleagues to engineer the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the peace treaty with England in 1783.

The eight-year French mission stands as Franklin's most vital service to his country, without which America could not have won the Revolution. Diplomats and historians still regard it as the greatest single tour of duty by an ambassador in our nation's history.

Based on Stacy Schiff's book, "A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America."

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