Lloyd Suh’s “Franklinland” Premieres Chicago in Feb 2018

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Lloyd Suh

FRANKLINLAND World Premiere at Jackalope Theatre Company

Jackalope Theatre Company will celebrate its 10th birthday with three world premieres, including  Franklinland, written by Ma-yi Writers Lab Member and co-founder, Lloyd Suh, directed by Chika Ike. Franklinland runs January 8 – February 24th, 2018 at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N Broadway in Chicago. Tickets are $5 (Previews) – $30, and are on sale now at jackalopetheatre.org.

“Growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin – the greatest scientific mind in the world; inventor of the lightning rod, the odometer, the glass harmonica, bifocal glasses, and, in his spare time, The United States of America – is not all it’s cracked up to be. In the world premiere of this moving new play, Franklinland asks what it’s like to make your way in life knowing your father’s greatest invention wasn’t you.”

The cast for the Jackelope production of Franklinland features Tom Hickey (Ben), Kai Ealy (William), and Nik Kmiecik (Temple).

Lloyd Suh, one of the producers of Asian-American Mixfest, recently shared a reading of  his play Franklinland in a presentation on August 15 that was directed by Ma-yi’s Producing Artistic Director, Ralph B. Peña.


Suh’s Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery recently played at Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. According to Chris Hewitt at Pioneer Press “Suh is able to sneak up on us with scenes that cut right to the heart of its critique of soul-damaging stereotypes: When an actor is asked to list the ways white and Asian people are different, for instance, the result is not pretty. And the poignancy of a scene where the detective, in Seifert’s nuanced performance, morphs into Frank’s dad is both earned and wholly unexpected. “

Recently Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series B featured Suh’s DISNEY & FUJIKAWA,  a one-act that involves  a meeting of two very different cartoonists, Gyo Fujikawa and Walt Disney, in 1942. An uncomfortable conversation on power, personal responsibility, and the art of animation at a time of great uncertainty and national crisis ensues.

What are you working on next? (Broadway World Q&A)

“A new play for young audiences with Children’s Theatre Company, a couple of plays examining key moments in Asian American history, and one of those Oregon Shakespeare Festival Play On! Shakespeare “translations” of Henry V.”


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