Griffin Theatre To Create and Produce The Henry Ford¹s INNOVATION NATION LIVE!

The Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to announce it will create and produce a live stage version of the two-time Emmy Award-winning television show, The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation. Adapted by Griffin Artistic Director William Massolia, The Henry Ford's INNOVATION NATION LIVE! will enjoy its world premiere during Griffin's 2018/2019 season, followed by a national tour. The creative team and cast will be announced at a later date.

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation is produced in partnership by The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment, a leading independent production and distribution company. The Griffin production will bring to life the world-changing innovations featured in the television show and preserved in the museum's archives.

Like the award-winning television series, The Henry Ford's INNOVATION NATION LIVE! will inspire young people with entertaining and educational stories about yesterday and today's visionaries and innovators -highlighting major turning points in the past and present that influenced the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice.

Griffin's Artistic Director William Massolia comments, "The Griffin is thrilled to work with The Henry Ford to produce such an important play for young audiences. I hope Innovation Nation Live! will inspire young people to be the innovators and visionaries of tomorrow."

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation is a weekly Saturday morning show on CBS that showcases present-day change-makers from all over the world who are creating solutions to real needs. It is hosted by news correspondent and CBS Sunday Morning regular Mo Rocca. Each episode presents stories related to the process of innovation and also includes one story from the collections of The Henry Ford, its unique visitor experiences and its unparalleled expertise. With more than 70 million annual viewers, The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation is part of The CBS Dream Team, It's Epic! - Saturday morning line-up on the CBS Television Network.

"Our television series inspires viewers on a weekly basis with the stories of innovation, creative problem-solving and a can-do spirit that fuels the determination to make a difference in our lives and in the world," said Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. "We're thrilled we can take that inspiration and recreate it for the stage for audiences across the country."

About Griffin Theatre Company

Established in 1988 and celebrating its 29th season, the mission of the Griffin Theatre Company is to create extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its audience an appreciation of the performing arts. Through artistic collaboration the Griffin Theatre Company produces literary adaptations, original work and classic plays that challenge and inspire, with wit, style and compassion for the audience.

The Griffin Theatre Company is the recipient of 115 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for theater excellence in Chicago. The Griffin was the repeat winner of the 2016 Jeff Award for "Best Production of a Play" for London Wall having won the same award in 2015 for its production of Men Should Weep.

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized history destination that explores the American experience of innovation, resourcefulness and ingenuity that helped shaped America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity, and inspiring tomorrow's innovators. Nearly 1.8 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center, and The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates over 500 students a year on the institution's campus.

The Griffin Theatre Company is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The Griffin Theatre's 2016/2017 Premiere Season Sponsor is Brenda & James Grusecki with additional season sponsor support from Jeff Graves Realtor @properties, Kassie Davis & Bruce Beatus, Mary Grover, Randy & Lloyd Gussis, Claire Conley & Joan Mazzonelli.

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