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The Next Performance at The Kate

January 19th through January 22nd

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The turning point of the 20th century wasn’t on television. It was television.

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 Farnsworth Invention, a play written by Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, The Newsroom, and The Social Network.

Nominated for three Drama League Awards in 2007 when it debuted on Broadway. Acclaimed for its masterful use of light and staging as the scenes unfold in rapid succession to capture the fast-paced development of television. Beginning with the idea of television in the potato fields of Iowa to the successful use of electrical light to capture a moving picture in a San Francisco lab, and finally, the race to the finish to determine who will be credited with the invention of television. This action pact play will keep you on the edge of your seat as you experience the visual changes from scene to scene and the race unfolds before your eyes. This compelling story brings real life drama to life with the intensity and skill that only Aaron Sorkin can provide.