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Stepping Out

'Farnsworth Invention' opens at Lucie Stern

Palo Alto Players is scheduled to present ”The Farns- worth Invention” Saturday through June 29 – with a paid preview performance slated Friday – at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Written by Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing,” “Moneyball,” “The Social Network”) and directed by Dave Sikula, the fast-talking, witty drama tells the story of two men locked in an epic competition to lay claim to the most influential invention of the last century: television.

“Invention” is a tale of scientific discovery, double-dealings and corporate espionage. It is a David-versus-Goliath battle between Philo T. Farnsworth, a young Idaho farm boy, and David Sarnoff, an enterprising Russian immigrant and CEO of RCA.

With 93 individual speaking parts in the script, “Invention” is a challenging play to bring to the stage, according to Sikula. All but two actors play multiple roles.

The play stars Michael Sally as Sarnoff and Dominic Falletti as Farnsworth.

Tickets are $23-$45.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays (after this week) through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

For advance tickets and more information, call 329-0891 or visit paplayers.org.

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