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Pendragon Theatre presents George Orwell’s 1984
September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
For a limited run, Pendragon Theatre will be presenting a stage adaptation of 1984, opening Friday 25 and running through September 3, before touring the North Country this fall. This adaptation, by Michael Gene Sullivan and based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, tells the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his “Thoughtcrimes” before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience — which acts as a silent witness to his torture. Sullivan’s adaptation has been called, “a ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.” This adaptation is not the version currently on Broadway which has been gathering much attention due to torture scenes causing unpleasant physical reactions from audiences. While the torture scenes are much less graphic, the Pendragon production is no less powerful.
1984 is directed by Mason Wagner, a 2010 graduate of Saranac Lake High School who has spent the past several years working in theatre in Montana after receiving his BFA in Acting from the University of Montana. “This adaptation of 1984, while pertinent and visceral like the book, is fundamentally theatrical and surprisingly hopeful. At a time when this Orwellian vision isn’t far enough from our reality, we have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to bring about a more visceral dialogue within our communities.” says Wagner. He adds, “Now more than ever, we need to create work that is challenging – for practitioners and audiences, alike. I am honored to be working with a theatre like Pendragon that embraces that task.”
The cast includes Leslie Dame, Bren Gotham, Terry Kemp, Chris Leifheit, Mark Mainville and Liv Paulson. There will be a reception, sponsored by Adirondack Health, after Friday night’s 8 PM performance. Tickets and more information can be found at www.pendragontheatre.org or by calling the box office at 518-891-1854. Pendragon is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave. Saranac Lake.
(Editors NOTE): The September 22nd performance is at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts