1st Stage Presents the Regional Premiere of Aaron Sorkin's THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION
In his return to playwriting, celebrated film and television writer Aaron Sorkin's signature style lends itself to the remarkable story of the invention that changed our lives. In 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" (The Chicago Sun-Times).
The 1st Stage production of The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin features Sam Ludwig as Philo T. Farnsworth, Jonathan Lee Taylor as David Sarnoff and a powerhouse ensemble including Frank Britton (returning following his Broadway World Award winning performance in Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train), Edward Christian, Katrina Clark, Michael Crowley, Gary DuBreuil, Amanda Forstrom, Jeremy Keith Hunter, Liz Mamana, Tendo Nsubuga, Matthew Sparacino, Caroline Wolfson, and Jacob Yeh. 1st Stage Artistic Director, Alex Levy directs the production.
The design team includes: scenic design by Kathryn Kawecki, costume design by Danielle Preston, lighting design by Robbie Hayes, sound design and original composition by Ethan Balis, movement by Amanda Forstrom, properties design by Cindy Jacobs, and dialects by Jane Margulies Kalbfeld.
The Farnsworth Invention will run at 1st Stage from February 15 through March 11 with show times as follows: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
General admission tickets are $33. Senior (65+) tickets are $30. Student and military tickets are $15.
Subscriptions and Flex Passes are available for savings of up to 30% off regular price tickets. Tickets, Subscriptions, and Flex Passes can be purchased online at www.1ststage.org or by calling the 1st Stage box office at 703-854-1856.
The run time is approximately 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission. Open captioned performances will be offered for select performances. Check www.1stStage.org for the captioning schedule.
The Farnsworth Invention is the third production in 1st Stage's 10th Anniversary season. Following The Farnsworth Invention will be Fly By Night by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock, Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer (April 12-May 6), and Swimming With Whales a world premiere play by Bob Bartlett, Directed by Alex Levy (May 31- June 24). The 2nd annual Logan Festival of Solo Performance featuring nationally celebrated solo performers will run from July 12-22, 2018.