New PPT play is about the origins of television

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The turning point of the 20th century wasn’t on television.
It WAS television.
Piedmont Players Theatre’s new mainstage production, ‘The Farnsworth Invention,’ takes a dramatic look at where television came from.
It’s 1929. Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called “television.” Separated by 2,000 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 new play from Oscar Winning Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, creator of “The West Wing,” “A Few Good Men,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and “Sports Night.” Sorkin won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2011 for his work on the movie “The Social Network.”
Producing Partners are Caniche and Martin and Deborah Walker.
‘The Farnsworth Invention’ runs from June 2-4 and June 8-11 at 7:30; there will be a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5.
Wednesday, June 8 is value night with all tickets $10.
Adult tickets are $12; student and senior tickets are $10. There is a group rate of $9 for groups of 20 or more.
The box office opens to the public May 30. Visit the box office from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or call 704-633-5471 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Meroney Theater is located at 213 S Main S.