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BLACKSTONE AUDIO
in cooperation with
THE HOLLYWOOD THEATER OF THE EAR
presents a production of
AMERICAN DIALOGUES RADIO

GEORGE
GIZZARD
ELIZABETH
MONTGOMERY
SIR NIGEL
HAWTHORNE


written, produced and directed
by

Yuri Rasovsky

Wayne Alexander • Ian Abercrombie • Edward Conery • Diane Mercer Dennis • Peter Dennis • James Faulkner • Ashley Gardner • Dave Gilbert • Ed Gilbert • Pamela Hayden • Neil Hunt • Tony Jay • Chris Karchmar • Ross Kettle • Loren Lester • Richard Libertini • Marjorie Lovett • Joseph Maher • Kenneth Mars • Bruce Morrow • Jim Norton • Eileen O’Hearn • Lorna Raver • Leslie Sachs • Charles Shaughnessy • Martin Sheen • Nicholas Smith • Kristoffer Tabori • David Warner • Paxton Whitehead • Alan Young • Efrem Zimbalist executive producer Robert Foxworth musical director Peter Rutenberg ecordist Jerry Summers mixer Rick Dasher casting Mary Jo Slater editor John Runette scholar advisors M. Elizabeth C. Bartlett • John Brewer • J.A. Leo Lemay • Claude-Anne Lopez • Jack Rakove • P.M. Zall • Michael Zuckerman

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Winner AudioFile Earphones Award

"In the years before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin--America's most famous statesman--lived in a rooming house on London's Craven Street. Yuri Rasovsky's clever radio play portrays this period in Franklin's life, highlighting the complexities and personal contradictions of the brilliant writer, philosopher and constitutional signatory. George Grizzard is believable as Franklin, revealing sides of the man we rarely find in history books. The late Elizabeth Montgomery has a distinctive--and bewitching--role as narrator and Franklin's conscience. Craven Street is a moving, informative and beautifully produced radio play festooned with music and sounds of the time, and starring a full cast that includes Martin Sheen, David Warner, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and Nigel Hawthorne." S.E.S. AudioFile magazine

"Working with relatively obscure, but factually accurate, historical documents, including much of the correspondence between Franklin and his wife, Award-winning producer-director Yuri Rasovsky has woven an insightful, fast-paced, docudrama that is both interesting and informative." Frank Johnson, AudioDiversions


Franklin (left) appeared in front of the British Privy Council charged with sedition after the Boston Tea Party. Here he was publicly humiliated.

Franklin's parlor at 36 Craven Street, London, as it looks today during restoration, and as it may have looked when he was the occupant. (For info on the newly restored "Franklin House," click here.)

The Cast


Sir Nigel Hawthorne

Elizabeth Montgomery

George Grizzard

David Warner

Martin Sheen

Charles Shaughnessy

Efrem Zimbalist

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