Alley Theatre Tunes into The Farnsworth Invention Starting June 5

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Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, starring Jeffrey Bean and Brandon Hearnsberger, begins performances at the Alley Theatre in Houston June 5.

David Cromer
David Cromer Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Acclaimed director David Cromer (Our Town) stages the Alley production that will run through June 28 on the Hubbard Stage.

Bean (Mauritius, Cyrano de Bergerac) appears as David Sarnoff, and Hearnsberger (Mrs. Warren's Profession, The Unexpected Guest) is Philo T. Farnsworth, the two men at the center of Sorkin's fast-paced drama.

The cast also includes James Black, James Belcher, Elizabeth Bunch, Justin Doran, Ty Doran, Sara Gaston, John Paul Green, Sean Hardin, Elizabeth Heflin, Paul Hope, Chris Hutchison, Charles Krohn, Philip Lehl, Emily Neves, Justin O'Brien, Melissa Pritchett, David Rainey, John Tyson and Todd Waite.

"In 1929," press notes state, "two ambitious visionaries race against each other to introduce to the world a revolutionary new device called 'television.' By the fall of 1921, an Idaho farm boy Philo T. Farnsworth had drawn a diagram of an 'image dissector tube' for a prototype electronic television system. As he seeks to develop a functioning machine, Farnsworth is swept into an epic struggle with David Sarnoff, an enterprising media mogul who foresees the lucrative potential of this powerful cultural and scientific invention. Only one man will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century and rule the airwaves."

The Farnsworth Invention has scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Janice Pytel, lighting design by Keith Parham, original composition and sound design by Josh Schmidt and projection design by Clint Allen. Mark Bly is dramaturg.

Tickets are available by visiting or by phoning (713) 220-5700.

The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue in Houston, TX.

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