A production of George Orwell’s “1984” opens on April 20th in the Tilden Arts Center Studio Theatre, as part of ArtSpring Cape Cod, a grass-roots collaboration between multiple arts and culture organizations across the region occurring in the spring of 2017. ArtSpring 2017 explores the important and topical theme of "Freedom of Expression."
Published in 1949, the novel (and subsequent stage adaptations) is set in a world of constant war, ever present government surveillance, and, most notably, a political system dominated by a cult of personality and control of independent thinking by means of a constructed language called “newspeak” and a prohibition on “thoughtcrime.”
The production is directed by Tilden Arts Center Coordinator Vana Trudeau, and features Santino Torretti as Winston Smith, Patrick O’Rourke as Comrade O’Brien and Taryn VanEselstyn as Julia. “Audiences are welcomed into the world of Oceania from the moment they step up to the Box Office,” comments Trudeau. “We have created an immersive environment that blurs the line between the watchers and the watched.”
The Cape Cod Media Center in Dennis Port is collaborating with Trudeau to help develop and execute the multimedia elements of the show. Jamie Horton, Training Coordinator at the CCMC, appears in the cast and is heading up the video production elements that appear throughout the show.
“Our use of video in the production,” he notes, “exposes George Orwell’s vision of the future; specifically how government and media outlets can influence both behavior and opinions.” As a special feature of the project, the public is invited to a panel discussion on “fake news,” the phenomenon of “alternative facts” and how to be a perceptive consumer of media and information. The panel discussion will be held on Sunday April 23rd immediately following the Sunday matinee, at approximately 4:30 pm.
“1984” opens in the Tilden Arts Center Studio Theatre on April 20th and continues through April 30th. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and service members. Students are admitted free.
Reservations are highly recommended, as seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved and ordered online at www.capecod.edu/theatre or by calling the Box Office at 508.375.4044
For more information, please contact:
Tilden Arts Center Coordinator
Cape Cod Community College