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Constant government surveillance by Big Brother, perpetual war against an invisible enemy, a house-of-cards economy, sacrificing freedom for security; all this and more will be portrayed at the Whole Backstage theater’s 1984. It’s based on the book written in 1948 by George Orwell.
1984: Big Brother is Watching You was adapted into a 3-act play by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr., and William A Miles, Jr. and is directed by Allen Jolley of Albertville. A first time director, Jolley chose to present the play in the Duff-McDaniel Black Box Theater. Show dates are Nov. 14 through 17.
Powerful and disturbingly provocative, Orwell depicts the horrors of man’s fate in a society where Big Brother is always watching. Winston Smith, portrayed by WBS veteran Christopher Carter, and three co-workers are members of the outer-party in an Authoritarian government and live a mundane existence in fear of committing thought-crime. Winston and a co-worker fall in love and join a secret revolution called “The Brotherhood.” Thought-crime is inevitable and the criminals must confess and become an un-person or face a fate worse than death: the loss of free will and the right to think.
Carter, from New Hope, will be joined on stage by cast members Tammy Hyatt, from Arab; John Barrow, Liz Story and Kelleybrooke Brown, from Guntersville; Roger King, from Blount County; John Lambert, Ed Shirley and Sarah Sims, from Albertville; and Jared Wright, from Grant.
Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door just prior to each performance. Audience capacity is limited to 75 per show, and performance time will be 7 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, and 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17.
For more information, call Allen Jolley at 256-558-1425.
(Information provided by press release.)