La Jolla Playhouse will continue with its planned Page To Stage presentation of the new play (Feb. 13-March 18, 2007) with Des McAnuff directing. But, the trade publication, which reported the commission in June 2004, now relates the Dublin-based company has backed out of co-presenting the work due to internal changes.
The Farnsworth Invention utilizes the medium the creator of "The West Wing" and "Sports Night" is now widely known for as Sorkin pens a tale about the battle for the patent for the invention of the television.
Sorkin is currently at work (with "The West Wing" collaborator Thomas Schlamme) on "Studio 60 on Sunset Strip," a new TV series for Warner Bros. Television set behind the scenes at a latenight sketch show. Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet (Barefoot in the Park) will star in a cast that also includes The Pillowman's Michael Stuhlbarg,
New York native Sorkin has previously penned the plays Removing All Doubt, Hidden in This Picture, Making Movies and A Few Good Men. The latter opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre Nov. 15, 1989 starring Tom Hulce under the direction of Don Scardino. He adapted the play for the Rob Reiner 1992 screen version starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. Other credits include the films "The American President" and "Malice." His screenplay "The Farnsworth Invention" is reportedly in production with "The West Wing" cohort Thomas Schlamme directing.
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