The Farnsworth Invention

by  Aaron Sorkin

Full Length Play, Drama  /  15m, 3f

"Vintage Sorkin and crackling prime-time theater [...] breezy and shrewd, smart-alecky and idealistic." - Newsday

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The Farnsworth Invention

by  Aaron Sorkin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    15m, 3f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


  • Accolades


    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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, the new play from Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, The Newsroom, and The Social Network.
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"Vintage Sorkin and crackling prime-time theater [...] breezy and shrewd, smart-alecky and idealistic." - Newsday

"A firecracker of a play in a fittingly snap, crackle and pop production under the direction of Des McAnuff, the drama has among its many virtues the ability to make you think at the same time that it breaks your heart." - Chicago Sun-Times

"The most exciting new play on Broadway [...] a rousing theatrical experience." - MTV News


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


15m, 3f
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors



Aaron Sorkin

Academy-Award® winning writer and renowned playwright Aaron Sorkin graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Theatre. He made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama,

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