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Book & lyrics by
Preston Max Allen
Music by Will Buck


Franklin Pierce Dragon Slayer


When eighth-grader Jennifer is assigned Franklin Pierce for her class's President's Day project, she's bummed to have gotten one of the history's most forgettable presidents. However, late that night Franklin himself visits Jennifer to tell her the real truth behind his presidency.


Cast Size



10 Mins.


Bedroom at Night, Present.


Fantasy, Science Fiction


Adolescence, Politics

Target Audience

Appropriate for all audiences


Classic/Standard Musical Theatre


Piano/Vocal, Percussion, Bass, Guitar

Additional Resources

Accompaniment Tracks



Casting Information

  • JENNIFER: A jaded eighth grader. Practical, subdued which reflects in her style.

  • FRANKLIN PIERCE: Literally the former president.


Franklin Pierce Did Not
00:00 / 01:52
Tell Them All
00:00 / 04:26
The You You Are
00:00 / 02:41
Full Show
00:00 / 10:02
Casting & Songs


Production History

  • 2016 - Written for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. 

  • 2017 -  SOUND BITES 4.0 Festival at the Signature Theatre Center, NY.

  • 2018 - Finalist for City Theatre’s National Award for Short Playwriting Contest.

  • 2019 -  City Theater in Miami from May 30th - June 23rd as part of their 24th Annual Summer Shorts Festival.

Production History
Author's Bios

Author Bios

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WILL BUCK is a composer, lyricist, and pianist. His musical Only Anne (book and lyrics by John Dietrich) was featured in Goodspeed Opera House’s Festival of New Musicals in January 2016. His short piece, Franklin Pierce: Dragon Slayer (written with Preston Max Allen), was featured in the 2017 Sound Bites Festival in New York and 2018’s City Theatre Summer Shorts in Miami, where it was a finalist for the National Award for Short Playwriting. Other writing credits include: Toybox (with Teresa Lotz), GO (with Cory Conley), and the upcoming Larry And Larry And Me (with Deb Poppel), Nureyev (with Dietrich) and Powerless. He is an alumnus of Northwestern University and the NYU Musical Theatre Graduate Writing Program, and is a current member of the BMI Workshop.

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PRESTON MAX ALLEN is a playwright, composer, and lyricist whose work has been performed at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Signature Theatre, Lincoln Center, Chautauqua Institution, The PIT, Joe’s Pub, Musical Theatre Factory, and Feinstein’s/54 Below. He conceived and wrote the book, music, and lyrics for We Are The Tigers (Off-Broadway; Theatre 80), Never Better, Agent 355 (co-book/dramaturgy by Jessica Kahkoska), and Carrie 2: The Rage, An Unauthorized Musical Parody (Jeff Nominee, Best Musical). Preston is an LA Ovation winner for Best Lyrics/Composition (We Are The Tigers), member of the Ars Nova Play Group (2019/2020), and an alumni of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. @prestonmaxallen

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