[Photo provided by William Massolia]
[Jennifer Betancourt and Jason VonRohn rehearse for "The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation Live!" coming to the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.]
GLEN ELLYN – Fans of an Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning television show will see it morph onto stage when the McAninch Arts Center presents the world premiere of "The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation Live!" at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
The production is a live stage version of the popular show. The television program is hosted by news correspondent and "CBS Sunday Morning" regular Mo Rocca. The MAC engagement precedes the stage show's national tour.
The fresh project is adapted and directed by Griffin Theatre Company Artistic Director William Massolia. The playwright is a founding member of the Chicago-based theater troupe, which describes its mission as creating extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations and instilling an appreciation of the performing arts.
“The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation” is a weekly show on CBS that showcases present-day change-makers from all over the world who are creating solutions to real needs. The event at the McAninch Arts Center will showcase innovators of the past, including Henry Ford, the Wright brothers, Rosa Parks and George Washington Carver as it highlights turning points that influenced the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice. Their achievements will be complemented by examples of present-day innovations.
The Henry Ford museum complex in Detroit, Mich., had approached the Griffin Theatre Company's agent about bringing the television show to stage. The idea intrigued Massolia.