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George Orwell's 1984

George Orwell's 1984
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Biz Bestseller!
Author: Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall & William A. Miles
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 88
Pub. Date: 1962
ISBN-10: 0871295423
ISBN-13: 9780871295422
Cast Size: 14 actors (most roles interchangeable between gender)

About the Play:

1984 is a full-length drama adapted for the stage by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr. and William A. Miles Jr. from the classic George Orwell novel of misplaced government authority. As George Orwell himself said. "I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive, but I believe that something resembling it could arrive. The moral to be drawn from the dangerous nightmare situation is a simple one: Don't let it happen. It depends on you." Especially recommended for school and contest use.

George Orwell's 1984 is commonly seen as not only one of the greatest works of literature but also a telling prophecy of a prevailing surveillance culture. Imagine a world where people fear their opinion cannot be expressed freely, where leaders are not held accountable for their deceptions, where censorship is mandated by government; a world where Ignorance is Strength, Freedom is Slavery and War is Peace. This is the world George Orwell created more than half a century ago, and even though 1984 has come and gone, it is more timely than ever. This authorized stage adaptation of the Orwell classic tells the story of the life of the intellectual Winston Smith, his job in the Ministry of Truth, and his degradation by the authoritarian government of Oceania, the country in which he lives. Orwell powerfully depicts the horrors of man's fate fate in a society where the state, given the moniker of "Big Brother," is always watching – where everything that is not prohibited is compulsory. As your cast presents the play, you will be participating in a theatrical event that is both powerful and disturbingly provocative.

George Orwell's classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in 1949 and to this day is regarded as one of the most influential English-language novels of the 20th century. This stage adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 was crafted in 1963 and has been performed the world over ever since.

Cast: 14 actors (most roles interchangeable between gender)

What people say:

"Orwell was the great moral force of his age." — The Spectator

"The literary classic, published in 1949, paints a very grim picture of the future. While the year 1984, the time frame of the book, may have come and gone, Orwell's depiction of a society where everyone's every move is watched and recorded, lingers, and words and phrases from 'Big Brother is watching,' to making Orwellian a foreboding adjective, are part of our collective vocabulary." — The Connecticut Post

"Orwell's genius was to tell two stories, one about a society that gave us the adjective 'Orwellian,' the other a story about two lovers whose love itself was, in the parlance of Newspeak, thought crime. In the tradition of doomed lovers from Romeo and Juliet to Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, the humanity of Winston and Julia is the vector by which we enter a terrifying world." — Mail Tribune (Oregon)

About the Playwright:

George Orwell (1903-1950), whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair, won a scholarship to Eton then served in the Imperial Police in Burma from 1922-27, where his experiences of colonialism stayed with him for life. His first book, Down and Out in Paris and London (1933), described his experiences in both cities of living on the poverty line. In The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) he wrote about the unemployed in the North of England, but before it was published he left for Spain and fought for the Republicans in the Civil War, as described in his Homage to Catalonia (1938). He had by then also written three realistic novels, but it was the political allegorical Animal Farm in 1945 that won him worldwide fame, which was redoubled with the publication in 1949, just before his death the following year, of his most famous novel, 1984.

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