The Farnsworth Invention
February 15- March 11, 2018
Directed by Alex Levy, Written by Aaron Sorkin
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.
1st Stage offers closed captioning at select performances. Stay tuned for more information.
1st Stage offers audio description at select performances. Stay tuned for more information.
Please request services at the box office when you check-in!
Connecting the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
Note: All Community Conversations are offered free of charge. To attend a performance you must purchase a ticket or a subscription.
PRE-SHOW COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
The pre-show discussion series illuminates facets of each 1st Stage production that shape your adventure with the play from the beginning. Learn from community leaders and 1st Stage artists and head into each show with a new framework for your experience.
POST-SHOW COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
The classic and beloved Community Conversations series connects the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
MEET THE DESIGN TEAM: A conversation with the artists of The Farnsworth Invention
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Following the 2pm performance
Members of the design team will join us to discuss building the world of 1st Stage’s unique production of this expansive tale.
MEET THE CAST: A conversation with the cast of The Farnsworth Invention
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Following the 2pm performance
Hear the cast discuss the process of bringing Aaron Sorkin’s many characters to life.
1st Stage Gallery
For each production in the 1st Stage season, a corresponding art show adorns the walls. The intimate and eclectic gallery is curated by local artist Deborah Conn and brings the work of some of the most exciting area artists in front of 1st Stage patrons. Enjoy a myriad of artistic styles and mediums while you explore the theater and before/after you take in a show.
In the Gallery
Season 10 Gallery Retrospective
Robin Harris, Whiskey and Wine, Acrylic on canvas, Play: Side Man
Since 1st Stage mounted its first production, our gallery has featured more than 60 artists! Twelve of those are featured in this anniversary exhibit, and each of their works was inspired or somehow connected to a particular play produced at 1st Stage over the last 10 years. Contributing artists include Lorrie Bouhaouala, Chica Brunsvold, Teresa Castracane, Jane Coonce, Deborah Conn, Deb Crerie, Jean Gill, Robin Harris, Susan Lamont, Elaine Nunnally, Terri Rea, and Teresa Stifel.
Meet the artists at a reception on Sunday, February 25, 5:00-7:00