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Aquila Theatre: George Orwell's 1984

Presented ByGreat Performances at Mason
When/WhereSaturday, Nov 23, 2019 8:00pmCenter for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus

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Aquila Theatre brings one of the great novels of the 20th Century to the stage—George Orwell’s dystopian 1984—in a chilling and timely production. The cautionary tale is set in the super-state Oceania, a totalitarian regime ruled by the “Party” and its leader, “Big Brother,” who employ the “Thought Police” to quell individualism and independent thinking. Obedient rank-and-file Party member Winston Smith secretly hates the repressive regime and dreams of a rebellion against Big Brother. He begins a forbidden relationship with Julia, a fellow employee, and his life sets off in a dangerous direction. Published in 1949, 1984 examines the issues of truth, nationalism, censorship, surveillance, privacy, and individualism. Aquila Theatre’s production of 1984 provides a space to contemplate the value of individual thought. “Aquila’s productions are beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing, and crystalline in effect” (The New Yorker).

Aquila Theatre will also perform Homer’s The Odyssey at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University’s Science and Technology campus on Sunday, November 24 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $44, $37, $26

Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, Assistant Dean for International Programs & Critical Studies, hosts a pre-performance discussion around 1984 and Aquila’s adaptation. She will be joined by a member of the company for the first 15 minutes. Pre-performance discussions begin 45 minutes prior to the performance, located on Monson Grand Tier. Seating is limited and opens 15 minutes before the pre-performance discussion.

Free student tickets are available two weeks prior to this event.