is far from a “go and take your medicine” kind of show. Michael Gene Sullivan’s adaptation starts at the end, with state-cog-turned-rebel Winston Smith’s capture; the audience, front and center, is complicit in the interrogation and conversion process as the actors on stage re-enact Winston’s diary of treason and sedition. “It still addresses the underlying aspect of government basically being the end-all, be-all of society,” says Stell. “It’s pretty amazing to think you could write a novel in 1949 and it could be completely relevant today.”
8 p.m. June 1. Also 8 p.m. June 2-3, 8-12, 15-16; 3 p.m. June 4; 2 and 8 p.m. June 17. Obsidian Theater, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 832-889-7837 or visit obsidiantheater.org
. $15 to $30.
George Orwell's 1984
adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU
From endless war, fake news and the surveillance state, 1984 speaks to us form the past about our future.
Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, 2016
"Riveting, Frightening and Provocative."
Desert Times (Salt Lake City)
"Vivid, unsettling... a masterwork of novelistic concision."
American Theatre Magazine
1984 takes place in a dystopian future and revolves around the protagonist Winston Smith and his resistance to Big Brother, the Inner Party and its omnipresent government driven by surveillance, propaganda, and manipulation.
In a world caught up in a perpetual war, the people are dictated to by a political regime overseen by the enigmatic Big Brother. In this taut adaptation of Orwell's 1949 classic, Mr. Sullivan places Winston center stage at what could best be called his conversion, as party members act out scenes from his treasonous diary. Often categorized as science fiction, 1984 is, for many, a relevant and familiar reflection of our own world in turmoil. In Sullivan’s genius adaptation, the audience - the omni-present observer – will find themselves caught up in Winston’s narrative and complicit in his persecution.
Under the helm of director Tom Stell (Director of the award-winning Ruined) and assistant director Kelsey McMillen, the cast and crew of this Houston premiere are passionate about bringing this relevant story to Houston audiences. Winston Smith will be portrayed by Allen Titel, O’Brien by Chris Gibson and the various member of the Inner Party members by Danielle Bunch, Cameron Davis, Gino Sandoval and Blake Wier.
Don’t miss this amazing and thought provoking play at Obsidian Theater - June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00pm, June 4 at 3:00pm and June 17 at 2:00pm.
Tickets at www.obsidiantheater.org
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