The Winning Side

Epic Theatre Ensemble presents The Winning Side at Theatre Row

The world premiere of The Winning Side begins performances on October 3, 2018 at Theatre Row.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Epic Theatre Ensemble is set to return off-Broadway with the world premiere of The Winning Side, written by James Wallert and directed by Ron Russell, which begins previews at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre on October 3, 2018, ahead of an official opening on October 8 and a limited run through to October 28, 2018.

Synopsis: "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."

Playwright James Wallert commented: ""As long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by the American space program. The moon landing was presented as an awesome feat of American engineering genius and political will. It wasn't until much later that I began to become aware of just how much moral compromise and human sacrifice was marshaled to propel America toward that 'one small step'."

The cast of The Winning Side includes Sullivan Jones (as Wernher von Braun), Melissa Friedman (as Margot), Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. (as Major Taggert) and Devin E. Haqq (in multiple roles).

The creative team features scenic & projections design by Chika Shimizu, lighting design by Cat Tate Starmer, costume design by Betsy Rugg-Hinds, and sound design by Ron Russell.

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