Farnsworth Invention Stars and Director Appear on NPR's "Science Friday" Jan. 11

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11 Jan 2008

The Farnsworth Invention co-stars Hank Azaria and Jimmi Simpson and their director, Des McAnuff, will appear as guests on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday" Jan. 11.

The radio program, "Science Friday," can be heard in the New York area on WNYC Radio at 93.9 FM and 820 AM from 2-4 PM. The chat with the Broadway stars and director is slated for 3:20 PM.

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McAnuff directs Farnsworth, which began previews Oct. 15 at the Music Box and opened Dec. 3.

The Farnsworth Invention follows the battle for the patent for the invention of the television set. The race pitted Philo T. Farnsworth, a young genius who came up with the idea as a high school student, against David Sarnoff, the head of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Using direct address monologues and flashbacks, the two men narrate the retelling of each other's stories as the drama unfolds.



Azaria and Simpson — facing off as Sarnoff and Farnsworth, respectively — head a cast that also features Michael Mulheren, William Youmans and Steve Rosen.

The large ensemble also includes Nadia Bowers, Kyle Fabel, Maurice Godin, Bruce McKenzie, Spencer Moses, Jim Ortlieb, Michael Pemberton, Katharine Powell, James Sutorius, Alexandra Wilson, Adam Grupper, Christian McCarthy Johansen, Aaron Krohn, Kate MacCluggage, Malcolm Morano, Javier Picayo and Margot White.

Tickets to The Farnsworth Invention at the Music Box, 239 West 45th Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit farnsworthonbroadway.com.