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World Premiere of The Winning Side Extends

James Wallert's play runs at the Acorn Theatre.

Melissa Friedman, Devin E. Haqq, Sullivan Jones, and Godfrey L. Simmons Jr. in The Winning Side.
(photo provided by DKC/O&M)

Epic Theatre Ensemble's world premiere of James Wallert's The Winning Side has been extended through November 4 at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre.

The Winning Side is described as follows: "As the preeminent face and voice of space exploration on television during the 1950s and '60s, 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. With The Winning Side, Wallert creates an accessible theatrical experience for audiences of all ages that reexamines this forgotten figure of the space race, and asks challenging questions about our contemporary views of science, technology, politics, and ethics."

Sullivan Jones (The Looming Tower) plays Wernher von Braun, with Melissa Friedman (Hannah and Martin), Godfrey L. Simmons Jr. (Einstein's Gift), and Devin E. Haqq (Macbeth: Born With Teeth) rounding out the cast. Ron Russell, Epic cofounder and executive director, will direct and provide the sound design. The creative team includes Chika Shimizu (set and projections designer), Cat Tate Starmer (lighting designer), and Betsy Rugg-Hinds (costume designer).


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