The Perfect American Man

A workshop reading of a new musical

by Ben Kramer


This workshop reading of a new original musical follows the lives of five men—all 22 years old and gay in five different years between 1969 and 2023—over the course of a single calendar year, from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Eve. Presented as a series of intertwined musical monologues, the piece explores the intergenerational experience of gay identity, centered around collective memory of the AIDS crisis. Together, these five men’s stories build a mosaic of love, loss, and hope in contemporary gay America. At the core is one crucial question: what does it mean to love another man?

Performance Dates & Times

April 30, 2024 - 7:00pm

May 1, 2024 - 7:00pm


Benjamin Franklin Common Room

Patron Information

Performances will be held in the Benjamin Franklin College Common Room (90 Prospect Street). To find the venue, enter the door with access to the college dining hall and continue straight.



Production Team

Musical Director