Photo Flash: The Farnsworth Invention at Beck Center

Who will win the race to invent the greatest innovation of the 20th century - the television? The idealistic scientist or the ruthless media mogul? Beck Center presents the Cleveland premiere of the award-winning play, The Farnsworth Invention, on the Mackey Main Stage, March 13 through April 11, 2009. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

It's the classic David and Goliath tale. The powerful president of RCA, David Sarnoff, competes with a self-taught potato farmer's son, Philo Farnsworth, to invent a device Farnsworth calls "electronic television." Although they are very different men, their vision is the same: to use this technology as a vehicle for social change. As Sarnoff tells his wife, "It's gonna change everything, it's gonna end ignorance and misunderstanding, it's gonna end illiteracy. It's going to end war."

Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors (65 and older), $17 for students (22 and under with ID), and $10 for children (12 and under). An additional $3 service fee per ticket is applied at the time of purchase. Group discounts are available for parties of 13 or more. For tickets, call the Beck Center box office at 216.521.2540, ext. 10, or request seats online at www.beckcenter.org. For group sales, contact Linda Hefner at ext. 29.

Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.

Photos courtesy of Stephen R. Campanella

 

Photo Flash: The Farnsworth Invention at Beck Center
Sebastian Hawkes Orr and Paul Floriano

Photo Flash: The Farnsworth Invention at Beck Center
Emily Pucell as Pem Farnsworth and Sebastian Hawkes Orr

Photo Flash: The Farnsworth Invention at Beck Center
Bernadette Clemens as Lizette Sarnoff and Paul Floriano

Photo Flash: The Farnsworth Invention at Beck Center
John Busser, Tom Meyrose, Sebastian Hawkes Orr, and William Martin

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