In a world where cheap entertainment keeps the proles ignorant but content, where a war without end is always fought and the government is always watching, can Winston possibly hold onto what he feels inside? Or will he renounce everything, accept the Party's reality and learn to love Big Brother?
Location: The Seeing Place @ TheatreLab, 357 West 36th St, 3rd Floor, NYC
Tickets: Free, but limited.
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A man loses his identity while living under a repressive regime. In a story based on George Orwell's classic novel, Winston Smith is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country's leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship -- and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.
What is TSP Unplugged?
This is a part of our TSP Unplugged Reading Series, where audiences go behind the scenes with The Seeing Place to experience our work "unplugged." We'll start at 7pm with the audience observing our artists discussing the play in their final rehearsal, laying the ground-work for how the actors will approach the piece during the reading. At 7:45pm we'll begin the reading. Immediately following the reading we'll discuss what was seen - what is the modern relevance of the play? What would a theater company want to consider if producing the play as a ful production? These and other questions will be explored during this lively talkback.
This play is being presented in conjunction with the UN's "World Press Freedom Day."
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to: a) celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; b) assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; c) defend the media from attacks on their independence; d) pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
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Reviews & Articles about 1984:
"Matthew Dunster's arresting adaptation indicates just how ubiquitous Orwell's predictions have become." - The Guardian
"Dunster – both in his faithful take on the story and in his sometimes extreme but always enthralling adaptation – gets close to the heart of Orwell's warning, pointing up but not over-emphasising its current political resonances." - The Independent
Matthew Dunster talks about adapting 1984 for the English stage - (via YouTube)
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CAST and CREATIVE TEAM (in alphabetical order):
Olivia Baseman* - SYME / MRS PARSONS
Carla Brandberg* - MOTHER / WORKER / 3rd PROLE / BUMSTEAD / THOUGHT POLICE AGENT
Cronican* - GWTDH / JULIA
Brisa Freitas - BOY / KATHERINE / STARVED YOUNG WOMAN / 1st PROLE
Logan Keeler - O'BRIEN / BARMAN
Autumn Mirassou - T-SCREEN / GIRL / WILSHER / 2nd PROLE / VOICE
Emily Newhouse - NARRATOR
Daniel O'Shea* - GOLDSTEIN / PARSONS / IRON VOICE / OFFICER / 4th PROLE
Carla Torgrimson* - CHARRINGTON / OLD PROLE / 2nd VOICE
Walker* - WINSTON / VOICEOVER
Walker - Director
Cronican - Assistant Director/Producer
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