Of Kites and Kings

Nov 4, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015

Venue: Pollock Stage

World Premiere Play by Gary Wright

Starring: Ted Barton as Benjamin Franklin, Dan Fagan as William, & Katie Rubin as Polly Stevenson

Directed By: Eric Wheeler

Running Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Parental Guidance: Appropriate for Middle School & Up

Community Partnership: Discovery Museum

2:00pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 8:00pm 2:00pm 8:00pm


Preview performances November 4 – 7; Opening night is November 7.

This intimate new play explores the life of the American icon Benjamin Franklin and his relationship with his son, William. In this story of family rifts, love of country, and being true to one’s beliefs, both men rebel against tyrants: Benjamin against Britain’s King George and William against his father, making the two foes. Of Kites and Kings continues STC’s commitment to produce new works by local playwrights each season.

The play follows the men as distant thunder of the American Revolution begins to rumble, then through the chaos and storm at the dawn of the nation, and echoes back to Franklin’s famed lightning experiment throughout.

Join us for our free Prologue Series in the theatre 45 minutes before each regularly scheduled public performance and learn more about the play, the author, and STC’s production in advance of the performance.

The Sacramento Bee Preview Article about Of Kites and Kings

Of Kites and Kings on Insight with Beth Ruyak

What the Critics are Saying

Download the Of Kites and Kings Study Guide

Ted Barton (Benjamin Franklin) & Dan Fagan (William Franklin)

Ted Barton (Benjamin Franklin) & Dan Fagan (William Franklin)

Ted Barton, Katie Rubin (Polly Stevenson), & Adrian Anderson (Temple)

Ted Barton, Katie Rubin (Polly Stevenson), & Adrian Anderson (Temple)

Ted Barton & Dan Fagan

Ted Barton & Dan Fagan