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Melissa Friedman & Sullivan Jones in The Winning Side

Epic Theatre Ensemble's The Winning Side extends at Theatre Row

The world premiere of The Winning Side will now stage its final performance at Theatre Row on November 4, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Epic Theatre Ensemble has confirmed a 1-week extension for its current world premiere of The Winning Side, written by James Wallert and directed by Ron Russell, which began previews at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre on October 3, 2018, and officially opened on October 8. The limited engagament will now run through to November 4, 2018 (instead of October 28).

Read our 5-star review.

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 previously 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.

(Photo by Carol Rosegg)

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