1776 – Show Guidelines

1776 explores the lives of the men who crafted the Declaration of Independence and chronicles the rigorous process by which they collectively founded the United States. The show is likely of greatest interest to teens and adults.

It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence…if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

The words hell, damn and damnit are used throughout the show.

The words ass, pisser, son-of-a-bitch, bastard and God are used.

Sexual Innuendo
Some songs and dialogue contain sexual innuendo and bawdy jokes.

Drugs and Alcohol
A few characters are shown drinking and discussing alcohol, especially rum.

In one scene, a character smokes a pipe.


Mature Content
The words “whore” and “whoring” are mentioned in one scene.

The song “Momma Look Sharp” dramatizes soldiers dying in battle.

Several characters discuss the merits of slavery from the perspective of white men in the 18th century.

The song “Molasses to Rum” is a dramatic song about the slave trade.