“Do you know how many people died building the Great Pyramid at Giza?” Major Taggert asks in a direct address to the audience at the end of the two-hour play.
The Winning Side
Epic Theatre Ensemble returns off-Broadway with the world premiere of The Winning Side, written by James Wallert and directed by Ron Russell.
Performances are staged at the Acorn Theatre within the Theatre Row complex.
(Photos by Carol Rosegg)
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Based on the true story of Wernher von Braun, Chief Rocket Engineer for the Third Reich and one of the fathers of the United States space program, The Winning Side explores the hidden history behind America’s 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. As the preeminent face and voice of space exploration on television during the 1950’s and 60’s, von Braun was one of the most famous men in the world. But because of his complicated legacy, he’s largely been left out of the history books. The Winning Side is an accessible theatrical experience for audiences of all ages that re-examines this forgotten figure of the space race, and asks challenging questions about our contemporary views of science, technology, politics, and ethics.