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Saturday, May 12, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Oregon State University Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season: In the Public Eye continues with George Orwell’s 1984, adapted for the stage by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr., and William A. Miles, Jr. The production will run May 10-12 and 18-19 at 7:30 pm and May 20 at 2:00 pm on the Withycombe Hall Main Stage. Withycombe Hall is located at 30th and Campus Way on the Oregon State University Corvallis Campus.


George Orwell’s dystopian novel about the violent superstate of Oceania has provoked and haunted readers for decades. In this chilling adaptation, Ministry of Truth worker, Winston Smith begins to question the seemingly all-powerful Party and his role in revising historical facts when he meets the witty and spirited Julia. The rebellious lovers are under constant threat of the Thought Police in a world where war, paranoia, and the looming presence of Big Brother have made passion and human connection all but impossible. 1984 is a fascinating and timely exploration of resistance and the tactics of oppressive regimes to manipulate the masses.


Elizabeth Helman, director and OSU Theatre Arts faculty member comments, “I hope we spark lively conversations about the parallels between Orwell’s world and our own contemporary issues regarding nationalism, constant surveillance, disputes over fact and truth, the threat of fascism, and propaganda. This is a rich and disturbing narrative and one I hope audiences approach ready to engage with fully.”


This cast features OSU students Daniel Barber (Loudspeaker), Cheyenne Dickey (Landlady/Party Member), Lindsey Esch (Syme), Srimanyu Ganapathineedi (Coffee Vendor), Cole Haenggi (Martin), Genesis Hansen (Messenger/Gladys), Nate Pereira (Winston Smith), Robert Reeder (Guard), Bria Love Robertson (Julia), Mike Stephens (Parsons), and Kyle Stockdall (O’Brien). Community members Nathan Bush and Rick Wallace lend their voices as Goldstein and Big Brother.


Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 Senior, $8 Youth/Student, and $5 OSU Student and are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for DAS accommodations and/or group ticket sales.


Tickets may be purchased online starting April 16 at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre/university-theatre/box-officetickets


CONTACT: Elizabeth Helman – Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu


NOTE: Dress rehearsals on May 7-9 are open to local press to watch and interview the cast and crew. Please contact Elizabeth Helman if you wish to attend or would like a submitted photo.

Withycombe Hall (campus map)
Main Stage
30th and Campus Way
Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 Senior, $8 Youth/Student, and $5 OSU
Elizabeth Helman
1 541 737 3067
elizabeth.helman at oregonstate.edu
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