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OPEN AUDITIONS! The Farnsworth Invention

November 12, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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One event on November 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM

One event on November 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM

One event on November 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Auditions for The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin will be held at the Garfield Center for the Arts on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30PM, Thursday, November 14th at 6:30PM and Saturday, November 16th at 12PM. Directed by Lyle Pinder, the play opens our 2020 season and runs three weekends from February 7th – February 23rd.

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?

Casting needs include: 15 males and 3 females – some roles may be doubled up

David Sarnoff (Age 40s – 50s) The first media mogul. Smart, relentless, savvy. Appears confident and determined.

Philo Farnsworth (Actor 30s – 40s) The last lone inventor. Even smarter, equally relentless but not as savvy. Appears distracted.

Lizette Sarnoff (Actor 30s – 40s) David Sarnoff’s elegant French wife.

Mary Pickford (Actor 30s – 40s) A movie star and potential investor.

Pem Farnsworth (Actor 20s – 30s) Philo’s wife, loving and down-to-earth.

William Crocker (Actor 40s – 60s) Farnsworth’s main investor, a father figure.

Cliff Gardner (Actor 20s – 30s) Pem Farnsworth’s brother.

Atkins (Actor 30s – 50s) William Crocker’s Assistant.

Walter Gifford (Actor 30s – 50s) A crass radio station owner.

Douglas Fairbanks (Actor 30s – 50s) A movie star and potential investor.

Wilkins (Actor 30s – 40s) William Crocker’s Assistant.

George Everson (Actor 40s – 60s) A Farnsworth investor, more trusting than his partner Leslie Gorrell.

Vladimir Zworykin (Actor 40s – 60s) The RCA scientist.

Leslie Gorrell (Actor 30s – 50s) A Farnsworth investor, more cynical and doubting than his partner George Everson.

Stan Willis (Actor 20s – 30s) A Farnsworth Assistant.

Justin Tolman (Actor 50s – 60s) Philo Farnsworth’s high school teacher.

Jim Harbord (Actor 40s – 50s) A top RCA Executive.

Simms (Actor 40s – 50s) A RCA Executive.

Lippincott (Actor 40s – 50s) Philo Farnsworth’s Attorney.

Betty (Actor 20s – 30s) David Sarnoff’s Secretary.

Harlan Honn (Actor 20s – 30s) A Farnsworth Assistant.

Agnes (Actor 20s – 30s) Philo’s sister.

Mina Edison (Actor 30s – 50s) Thomas Edison’s Widow.

Wachtel (Actor 40s – 50s) A RCA Executive.

Young David Sarnoff (Actor 10 – 14)

Young Philo Farnsworth (Actor 14 – 17)


Individuals 40s – 60s – (Actor 40s – 60s)

Individuals 30s – 50s (Actor 30s – 50s)

Individuals 20s – 30s – (Actor 20s – 30s)


Anyone interested in assisting backstage and with costumes or props is also encouraged to come to auditions. Come and take a part in the magic!

If you have any questions about the production, please contact the Garfield (410-810-2060) or the Director by email lyleapinder@gmail.com.




November 12, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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