Friday, November 2, 2007


Written by the great Aaron Sorkin, The Farnsworth Invention, about the invention of television, and the struggle to obtain the patent -- and the credit -- for the invention, is currently in previews and opens on November 15 -- at the Music Box Theatre, 239 West 45th Street.

The interesting, official website for The Farnsworth Invention contains credits for the complete cast (headed by Hank Azaria as Robert Sarnoff), the author, Aaron Sorkin, the director, Des McAnuff and principal crew. It also contains a history of the invention of television.

A new American play by AARON SORKIN
Directed by DES McANUFF
Opening on Broadway
at the Music Box Theatre on November 14, 2007
Currently in previews.

The play stars Tony Award-nominee Hank Azaria as David Sarnoff, and Jimmi Simpson as Philo T. Farnsworth.

In addition to Azaria and Simpson, the cast also includes Nadia Bowers, Kyle Fabel, Maurice Godin, Christian McCarthy Johansen, Aaron Krohn, Kate MacCluggage, Bruce McKenzie, Malcolm Morano, Spencer Moses, Michael Mulheren, Jim Ortlieb, Michael Pemberton, Javier Picayo, Katharine Powell, Steve Rosen, Brian Russell, James Sutorius, Margot White, Alexandra Wilson, William Youmans.

THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION will be produced on Broadway by Dodger Properties and Steven Spielberg for Rabbit Ears, LLC in association with Fred Zollo/Jeffrey Sine, Dancap Productions, Latitude Link/The Pelican Group.

THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION centers around the bitter conflict that pitted Philo T. Farnsworth (Jimmi Simpson), a boy genius who invented television as a high school student in 1927, against David Sarnoff (Hank Azaria), the head of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The legal battle between Farnsworth and RCA would later become known as one of the great, tragic examples of legal and industrial force combining to crush a rightful patent owner. In a race that would change humanity forever, two men battle one another for honor, glory and a place in the history books.

THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION design team will be comprised of Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Walter Trarbach (Sound Design). The creative team also includes Andrew Lippa (original music) and Lisa Shriver (movement and protocol).

THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION debuted at La Jolla Playhouse in a "Page To Stage" workshop production, running February 20, 2007 through March 25, 2007.


Tickets to THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION are available by calling at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, online at
Tickets are available at the Music Box Theatre box office (239 W 45th St, between Broadway and 8th Avenue).
Group sales tickets available by calling (877) 5-Dodger / (877) 536-3437.
In previews, ticket prices for all performances (except Wednesday matinees) are $60, $75 and $90.
Tickets prices for Wednesday matinees during previews are $50, $70 and $85.
Beginning Thursday, November 15, ticket prices for all performances (except Wednesday matinees) are $65, $85 and $100. Tickets prices for Wednesday matinees are $55, $80 and $95.
An additional $1.50 theatre restoration charge will be added to the price of each ticket.
Performance Schedule October 15-November 18:
Monday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm. No performance on Wednesday, October 17 at 2pm.

Performance Schedule from November 20: Tuesday evenings at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm.


HANK AZARIA (David Sarnoff) last appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot (Tony Award nomination). He also appeared on stage in Sexual Perversity in Chicago (West End, London). Azaria’s film credits include Eulogy; Along Came Polly; Shattered Glass; America’s Sweethearts; Cradle Will Rock; Mystery Men; Mystery, Alaska; Godzilla; Great Expectations; Celebrity; The Birdcage; Heat; Grosse Pointe Blank; Now and Then; Quiz Show; and Pretty Woman; His television credits include "Huff," "Uprising," "Tuesdays with Morrie" (Emmy Award), and "Fail Safe." He played guest starring roles on "Friends" (Emmy nomination), and "Mad About You" (Emmy nomination); and he lends his voice to numerous characters on "The Simpsons" (three Emmy Awards). Azaria directed the short film "Nobody’s Perfect," which debuted at Sundance 2004. Recent films include The Simpsons movie and Run, Fat Boy, Run.

JIMMI SIMPSON (Philo T. Farnsworth) is a New Jersey native and received his degree in theatre from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduating, he continued his training with four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. After working in New York for several years he moved to Los Angeles. The Farnsworth Invention marks Mr. Simpson’s second time working with Des McAnuff, having starred in Tartuffe in 2002 at La Jolla Playhouse. Theatre: The Rainmaker (Broadway); Camino Real, The Winter’s Tale, The Blue Demon and Olive Nightingale Sings (Williamstown Theatre Foundation); Assassins and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bloomburg Players). TV: "24," "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "My Name is Earl," "Carnivale," "Cold Case," "NYPD Blue," and Stephen King’s "Rose Red." Film: Patriotville, Zodiac, Seraphim Falls, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Stay Alive, D.E.B.S., Slo-Mo and Loser.

AARON SORKIN (Playwright) graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. After a brief stint as an actor, he quickly established a reputation as a young, promising playwright on the New York theatre scene with his 1989 Broadway play A Few Good Men, later made into a critically-acclaimed feature. He went on to write the films Malice and The American President. Sorkin is probably best known for his critically-lauded TV drama, "The West Wing," which was honored with 13 Emmy Awards for its debut season, making the show a record holder for most Emmys won by a series in a single season. The Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series has been awarded to each of the first four seasons of "The West Wing." Sorkin also created and wrote many of the episodes of the critically-acclaimed but short-lived TV comedy-drama "Sports Night," which ran from 1998-2000 on ABC. His most recent series was NBC’s "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." Upcoming films include Charlie Wilson's War starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts to be released in December. As a writer, Mr. Sorkin has received numerous nominations and awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Television Critics Association, the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.

DES McANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and was recently named Co-Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival of Canada. He is Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, which he has headed for much of the past 25 years. Broadway credits (developed at the Playhouse): Jersey Boys, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Broadway 2004, Tony Award); Dracula: The Musical (2004); How to Succeed… (1995); The Who’s Tommy (director/co-author with Pete Townshend, 1993 Tony Award Best Director of a Musical; 1997 London Olivier Awards Best Director/Best Musical); A Walk in the Woods (1988); and Big River (1985, seven Tonys including Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical). Recent productions directed at the Playhouse: The Wiz (2006); Zhivago (2005); Palm Beach (2005); Private Fittings (2005); Tom Donaghy’s Eden Lane (2003); Tartuffe (2002); Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (2001). Film credits: Cousin Bette and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), Iron Giant (producer), Quills (executive producer).

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