Teaching Materials

Everybody's Watching

This musical dramatizes the compromises necessary to launch our nation, along with the light-hearted fun of the witty Benjamin Franklin and the burning passion of James Madison. When the crucial votes are cast, the audience votes, too!

Core Themes

  • Democracy
  • Freedom
  • Civility
  • Cooperation
  • Compromise
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Playbill/Plot Summary

Everybody’s Watching dramatizes the creation of the United States and the Constitution and the compromises necessary to form a more perfect union. James Madison’s tenacity leads the way, but it is Benjamin Franklin who instructs Madison in the fine art of compromise in the witty song “You Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours”. The audience participates in the voting, but Madison’s willingness to strike a deal with John Rutledge of South Carolina extending the importation of slaves allows the final passage of the Constitution. The song “E Pluribus Unum” sets to music the overarching principle that lies at the heart of all of Quill’s history musicals.

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