Meet the 19th century man whose inventions shaped the 21st. Alexander Graham Bell is best known as the inventor of the telephone, but there was much more to this charismatic mastermind.
Written by renowned journalist Jim Lehrer, BELL explores the fierce rivalries, tender relationships, and bittersweet triumphs of this daring, disorganized genius. Pulling from private National Geographic archives and never-before-told stories, BELL offers an intimate look at the Society’s second president. A holder of more than 30 patents, Bell pushed the limits of exploration, challenging fellow inventor Thomas Edison and paving the way for many modern-day innovations.
As National Geographic celebrates 125 years of exploration, the world premiere of BELL is a fitting tribute to one of the Society’s early leaders whose never-ending curiosity continues to shape the world we live in today.
The running time for BELL will be approximately 80 minutes.
Listen to an interview with Jim Lehrer talking about BELL on National Geographic Weekend. Read an interview with Rick Foucheux and National Geographic’s M.J. Jacobsen in DC Metro Theater Arts, profiles of Jim Lehrer in U.S. News and World Report, Metro Weekly, and the New York Times, and articles in National Geographic’s News Watch, The Huffington Post and WAMU‘s Metro Connection.
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About the Artists
Jim Lehrer is an award-winning journalist, the executive director and former news anchor for PBS Newshour, and is known for his role as a frequent debate moderator during presidential elections. He is the author of 20 novels, two memoirs, three plays and a non-fiction work about the presidential debates, Tension City, published in 2011. His latest novel, Top Down, focuses on the Kennedy assassination and will be published this fall.
Rick Foucheux is one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected actors, and a veteran of one-man shows about such historical figures as Buckminster Fuller, Elia Kazan, Charles Darwin, and Samuel Clemens. His many roles have included Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at Arena Stage, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night at the Shakespeare Theatre, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at the Olney Theatre Center. He received the Helen Hayes Outstanding Lead Actor Award in 2000 and in 2006.
Jeremy Skidmore has been based in Washington, DC for the last ten years. Skidmore has directed at many of the area’s premier theaters, including Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, Theater J, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and Everyman Theatre. In that time, he has served for two years as Producer of the Source Festival and for six years as the Artistic Director of Theater Alliance, where he produced 22 productions in five years that garnered 22 Helen Hayes nominations.
Set Designer – Tony Cisek
Costume and Prop Designer – Marie Schneggenburger
Lighting Designer – Dan Covey
Projection Designer – Jared Mezzocchi
Sound Designer – Matthew Nielson
Assistant Costume and Prop Designer – Lucy Hinton
Stage Manager – Roy A. Gross
Assistant Director – Katie Ryan
Join us in celebrating National Geographic’s 125th anniversary with the world premiere of a play written by veteran journalist, author, and playwright Jim Lehrer, and starring celebrated Washington actor Rick Foucheux, revealing the extraordinary life of Alexander Graham Bell.
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