The Farnsworth Invention

Performance Dates

It's 1929. Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called "television." Separated by two thousand miles, each knows that if he stops working, even for a moment, the other will gain the edge. Who will unlock 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 compelling life in the regional premiere of this “firecracker of a play” (Chicago Sun-Times) by Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, The Newsroom, and The Social Network.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Simms, Harlan
Tolman, Mr. Gardner, Schneck
Atkins, Betty, Mary, Pickford, Mina, Edison
Crocker, Harbord
Cliff, Howard
Watchel, Judge, Doctor
Gorrell, Mrs. Gardner, Lizette
Stan, Ridley
Russian Officer, Wilkens, Gifford, Fairbanks, Zworkyn
Agnes, Lennox, Lippincott
Everson, James, Solomon, Doctor, Lawyer

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