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Aquila Theatre:  George Orwell's 1984 

Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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In the throes of unprecedented challenges to privacy, truth, and personal expression, Aquila Theatre brings “1984,” George Orwell’s cautionary novel, to the stage for the 19-20 season.

As our modern world grapples with the threats and benefits of technological integration, Aquila Theatre’s production of “1984” provides a space to appreciate the value of individual thought — an evocative and timely narrative of personal freedom against political repression. Today, Orwell’s prescient story resonates around the globe as individuals, systems, and governments clash.

Written in 1944 near the end of World War II, “1984” depicts a society controlled by a perfectly totalitarian government bent on repressing all subversive tendencies. “Big Brother” is always watching and technology is wielded as a weapon to inundate citizens with propaganda and to monitor thoughts and actions. Imagined before the existence of computers, this dystopian future explores the power of technology as a mental manipulator and source of curated information.

The resurgence of “1984” marks a widespread desire to understand the present moment by looking back… as a means to look forward. How far are we from realizing Orwell’s nightmare? Are we already there? Can there be more than one truth, more than one set of facts?

Parental Advisory: Some material may not be appropriate for children under 14.

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  • Tickets are $39 and $29, depending on where you sit.
  • K-State students and youth 18 and under are 50% off most seats.
  • All ticket prices and dates are subject to change.
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  • Single tickets go on sale August 5 online at 10 a.m. and August 6 in person or by phone from noon to 4 pm.