The Winning Side is a new play presented by Epic Theatre Ensemble (James Wallert, Ron Russell, Melissa Friedman, Co-Founders) written by James Wallert, directed by Ron Russell and commissioned with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
A compelling story, the Winning Side mixes historical fiction about the life of the famous German rocket scientist, Wernher Von Braun, with a brash sense of comedy and romance to stimulate a morality discussion by the audience. Was the world black and white during WWII or were there gray areas? Did any enemy deserve mercy, and did the value of one individual make him invincible? Find out for yourself at the Acorn Theatre .
The cast features Sullivan Jones as “Wernher von Braun”, Melissa Friedman as “Margot”, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. as “Major Taggert” and Devin E. Haqq in multiple roles and directed by Ron Russell. 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. With The Winning Side, Wallert creates 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. The creative team includes: Chika Shimizu (set/projections design), Cat Tate Starmer (lighting design), Betsy Rugg-Hinds(costume design) and Ron Russell (sound design). The Winning Side, a new play by James Wallert, presented by Epic Theatre Ensemble is now in performances and officially opened on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd St.), a program Building for the Arts NY, Inc. The Winning Side will play a limited run through Sunday, October 28, 2018