Bean and Hearnsberger to Star in Alley Theatre's Farnsworth Invention; Cromer Directs

News   Bean and Hearnsberger to Star in Alley Theatre's Farnsworth Invention; Cromer Directs
Casting has been announced for the David Cromer-directed production of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, which begins performances at the Alley Theatre in Houston June 5.

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Cromer, who staged Thornton Wilder's Our Town Off-Broadway to acclaim, now sets his sights on Sorkin's drama, which investigates the behind-the-scenes race to create the television. The Farnsworth Invention runs through June 28.

Alley veteran Jeffrey Bean (Mauritius, Cyrano de Bergerac) will star as David Sarnoff and Brandon Hearnsberger (Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Unexpected Guest) will be Philo T. Farnsworth, in a cast that also features 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.

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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