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OPEN AUDITIONS! The Farnsworth Invention
November 16 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
One event on November 14, 2019 at 12:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.