THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION takes place in 1929. Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called “television.” Separated by two thousand miles, who gains the edge and unlocks the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century: the ruthless media mogul, or the self-taught Idaho farm boy? The answer comes to life in this compelling historical drama from acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin, creator of the hit TV series The West Wing, The Newsroom, and the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network. Stay tuned as the bloodthirsty battle for TV history unfolds.
Director Harry Friedman says, “The play is based on the true story of how a 14-year-old farm boy invented the most influential communications device of the 20th century: the television. It explores the clash between pure science and the drive to control popular culture in pursuit of the almighty dollar. The dialogue crackles with the intelligence and wit that only a writer like Aaron Sorkin can provide. See it for the history, the thrill of the chase, and the storytelling of a skilled writer like Sorkin.”
THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION stars Neil Rogers (David Saranoff), Jackson Ewing (Philo Farnsworth), and features a cast of Billy Betsill (Everson, Zworkin, and others), Craig Boleman (Simms, Lipponcott and others), Wes Cantrell (Stan Willis, Advisor, and others), Clayton Cunningham (Party Guest, Patent Actor, Exec and others), Kevin Fuld (Tolman, RCA Chair, Jim, and others), Davis Gilmartin (Young Philo), Lyndsay Hayward (Lizette, Mary Pickford), Lori Jones (Agnes, Sarnoff’s mom, and others), Emily-Ann Moriarty (Betty, Student, Sexy Woman), Tammy Partanen (Pem), Greg Phillips (Wachtel, Party Guest and others), , Robert San Juan (Gorrell, Waiter, Man 2, and others), Steve Schreur (Gifford, Doug Fairbanks), David Smith (Police officer, Patent Actor, Photographer), Brandon Whitlock (Cliff Gardner, Pem’s Father and others), Nelson Wilson (William Croker, Russian, and others), and Jamie Ziske (Harlon Honn, Student, Crowd, and others). The Production team includes Director Harry Friedman, Administrative Producer/Props JoAnne Hull, Technical Producer/Sound Designer Jeff Mizener, Stage Manager Evelyn Hall, Lighting Designer/Operator Ian Garland, Set Designer Claire DeVries, Master Carpenter Dane Tuttle, and Sound Board Operator Tully Hall.
Tickets to THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION are available now by calling the Irving Arts Center’s Box Office at 972.252.2787 or by ordering tickets online at www.irvingartscenter.com.