The Farnsworth Invention


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.

Presented by 1st Stage

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$15 - $33

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 703-854-1856

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 02/15/2018 - 03/11/2018
Sunday 2:00pm--
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday ---
Thursday 7:30pm--
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 2:00pm8:00pm-
Important Dates

Open Caption

  • 02/22/2018 - 7:30pm
  • 02/23/2018 - 8:00pm
  • 02/24/2018 - 2:00pm
  • 02/24/2018 - 8:00pm
  • 02/25/2018 - 2:00pm
Performer Role
Frank Britton Simms, Harlan
Edward Christian Tolman, Mr. Gardner, Schneck
Katrina Clark Atkins, Betty, Mary, Pickford, Mina, Edison
Michael Crowley Crocker, Harbord
Gary DuBreuil Cliff, Howard
Amanda Forstrom Pem
Jeremy Keith Hunter Watchel, Judge, Doctor
Sam Ludwig Farnsworth
Liz Mamana Gorrell, Mrs. Gardner, Lizette
Tendo Nsubuga Stan, Ridley
Matthew Sparacino Russian Officer, Wilkens, Gifford, Fairbanks, Zworkyn
Jonathan L Taylor Sarnoff
Caroline Wolfson Agnes, Lennox, Lippincott
Jacob Yeh Everson, James, Solomon, Doctor, Lawyer
Production Personnel
Aaron Sorkin
Alex Levy
Costume Designer
Danielle Preston
Set Designer
Kathryn Kawecki
Sound Designer
Ethan Balis
Movement for plays
Amanda Forstrom
Lighting Designer
Robbie Hayes


1st Stage
1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101


  • Free onsite parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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