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Benjamin Franklin - The Original American. See him. Hear him. Ask him Questions. Seattle June 30 2012. Three Shows
GregRobin Smith
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Seattle, Washington
United States
2 Team Members

Bring Back Ben!


We need the wisdom and wit of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, now! 

 G.Robin Smith presents interactive programs as Ben Franklin - Founding Father, Philosopher, Inventor and Philanthropist in the “Chautauqua" performance style, an interactive theatre performance that engages audience members as they ask questions of 'Ben' who responds with historically accurate and sometimes surprising answers.

'Ben' has appeared at Fundraisers, Conferences, Business functions, Schools and Libraries, as well as a Presidential Inaugural Gala.


What’s Happening

The one-man show Benjamin Franklin – the Original American is coming to Seattle's ACT Theatre on June 30th, 2012. All profits will be divided* to benefit a number of local charities, so far including: Stella Schola Middle School, Habitat for Humanity Seattle/South King County, Seattle Browncoat Charities, & Roots Young Adult Center. 

*Profit Percentages donated will depend on Audience ballots taken at the performances.



The Impact

 Our main sponsor - Five Rivers Fundraising - is shouldering 100% of the cost of production for theatre rent, staff and advertising.  About 250/600 available tickets go to covering that base cost. If the three shows are sold out, there will be about $5,000 to distribute to the various non-profits that have signed up.  As a further benefit, Audiences will be thoroughly entertained and gain a clarity about where we have come from, what the Founders thoughtand strove for and what hopes they had for our nation and our future.


  The more money raised here on IndieGoGo, the lower the production costs and the more funds available to distribute to these worthy causes. If Five Rivers Fundraisingfalls short of those costs, it will mean: 1) no monies will be distributed to those charities and 2) FRF’s fundraising activities for other non-profits will be curtailed while it rebuilds.  YOU can help.

What Is Needed & What You Get

The cost for theatre rental, staff and insurance is about $2,600. 

Business & legal fees are ~ $1,000 plus Advertising ~$2,500, totaling ~$6,100.

Ticket sales (through www.ACTTheatre.org) may bring in enough to cover the expenses but your support will insure as much money as possible is made available to these non-profits and we can continue bringing our programs to as many people as possible.


 In addition to seeing “Ben” succeed at ACT, these Rewards offer a great opportunity to experience 'Ben Franklin LIVE!' in person or via the Internet. ‘Ben’ looks forward to interacting with you and your school or group through Video Conferences, Listing as a Sponsor on our Performance Programs (and Podcasts and Website), Signed Posters to Copies of the DVD of the Performance, etc. will (Ben hopes) inspire, reward and thank you for your support. 


Other Ways You Can Help

Please help get the word out and make some noise about this campaign. Look at what Ben did - with-OUT the Internet, with-OUT telephones and video. He helped start a great nation and left us some of the best advice and inventions we have.


 IndieGoGo! has many tools to help you spread the word.

Ben was a great networker. You can be, too.


Contact us if we can help in any way.

Thank you! G.Robin Smith (Robin) & Staff for "Benjamin Franklin - The Original American"



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  • $1USD
    Our Real Virtual Thanks

    Your name will be read aloud by the Presenter himself, in hushed and awed tones of genuine thanks in the private and hallowed halls of Benjamin Franklin Central. Witness will be given to your generosity and kindness. He will smile genuinely and wish for you great personal success and well-being. You may even feel the love.

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  • $7USD
    Post-Card of Honor!

    You will get a Postcard mailed to you featuring the lovely face of our Presenter, Mr. G.Robin Smith himself, dressed as Dr. Benjamin Franklin. Think of the smile on the face of your PostalPerson as they deliver this stunning likeness - suitable for framing - to your door. A source of Pride and Delight for your own Posterity.

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  • $10USD
    Reader Level

    (Ben could read since the time he was three-years old.) I will send you a PDF of my children's early reader 'The b Book' (audio version available on Amazon.com) AND you will be mentioned in a "Look! See? I am Humble" sized-type on our program. [Leave an email address so we can send the PDF]

    2 out of 600 claimed
  • $25USD
    Signature Level

    Autographed Performance Poster & an Actual Skype Call. No robo-calls from THIS Founding Father. An actual 5-minute Skype Phone Call (or, if you prefer a Live round of Texting). Ask what you will, have me make silly noises to your dog, hear my imitation of Thomas Jefferson or my rendition of "With a Hey Ho" from Shakespeare's '12th Night'. My vocal chords + your ear = an Amazing Value! (plus the above program mention, but in less-humble sized type) [Time/Date TBA]

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  • $50USD
    Postmaster Level

    (Ben was Postmaster for the Colonies) A 10-Minute Skype Session with Dr. Franklin. Imagine your child's classroom in conversation with Dr. Franklin. Your social club or business meeting having the wisdom of the great sage at their command. Ben could virtually visit a celebration or conference, a birthday or retirement party. The possibilities are endless as are our thanks. (Plus the name of your choice in a LARGER-than-modest font in the program.) [Date/Time tba]

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  • $100USD
    Sponsorship - Armonica Level

    (Ben's favorite invention was The Glass Armonica) For your $100 support you will get: 1) A mention in a Special Section of Really Easy-to-read typeface on the program 2) Your name and our thanks on four episodes of the "Ben Franklin for President" Podcast on iTunes. 3) If you send a flier about your business (up to 11X17) it will be displayed at the performances.

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  • $250USD
    Sponsorship - Junto Level

    (Ben's social club - The Junto - helped establish many institutions we still enjoy today including libraries & fire companies) 1) An educational Skype between Dr. Franklin & the audience of your choice - a school, a library, a religious fellowship or business function. Up to 45 minutes total. [Time/Date TBA] 2) Your name (or business) listed on our Website and Program 3) We will send you a copy of the DVD we produce from these performances, when completed.

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  • $500USD
    Sponsorship - Ambassador Level

    (Ben was the among the first Ambassadors of The United States) A 30-minute in-person visit to your school, library, club, or business* for a keynote, workshop or class. [Time/Date tba. Afternoon-Evening preferred] * must be within 25 miles of Seattle. If further, transportation fees may apply.

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  • $1,000USD
    Sponsorship - Pressman Level

    (Ben was a Pressman - a Printer - and regarded that as his highest calling) 10 Tickets to the Evening Reception and Performance at ACT Theatre - Seattle, plus special seating and recognition for you and your guests.

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  • $5,000USD
    Sponsorship - Lightning Rod

    (Ben's most practical invention may be The Lightning Rod, saving untold numbers of lives) A full evening presentation at the venue of your choice [Time/Date TBA - Travel fees may apply]

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  • $10,000USD
    Artist In Residence

    A seven-day artist in residency. Performances, workshops, Lectures, Keynotes. Video & Interview rights. Record a series of lectures/demonstrations. Book me out to other institutions. You keep the proceeds. (Room & Board fees may apply)

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