Adapted by Alan Lyddiard
Produced by the Greenway Court Theatre
October 21st- Nov 19th, 2016, West Hollywood, CA
"This show is harrowing, funny, sexy, brilliantly cast, imaginatively staged, realized by an excellent team of designers"
Fear Destroys Our Humanity
When we began the run of "1984" the 2016 election was in it's final weeks, and concepts like "double speak" and "Ignorance is Strength" felt resonant. Then in the middle of the run, the election happened and the show went from feeling resonant to real. The show took on new urgency and the cast channeled their fear of the upcoming years into fiery performances.
"1984" was Greenway Arts Alliance's inaugural production of their Greenway Reads program. The play was selected from a list of books created by English teachers at Fairfax High School. Greenway then imbedded teaching artists in the classrooms and gave out 300 copies of the novels to students. Advanced acting students attended rehearsals and over 400 students came to special matinee performances of the show.
I needed to find a way to show the blossoming and then destruction of Winston and Julia's humanity. Music, especially string instruments, are warm, expressive and are the result of centuries of artistic mastery. I chose a guitar to embody Winston and a violin to embody Julia.
Scenic Design by JR Bruce
Lighting Design by Bo Tindell
Costume Design by Halei Parker
Projection Design by Hana Kim
Sound Design by Jesse Manapat
Musicians: Abbie Huxley, Lizzie Edwards
Cast: Randolph Thompson, Amielynn Abellera, Peggy Blow, Bill Salyers, Derek Mason, Taylor Jackson Ross, Robert Paterno, Reuben Uy, Lisa Dring, Kate Coyne.
Stage Manager: Susan Coulter