One of the greatest books and films of the last century is rarely seen on the stage in South Texas.
The strange title is a number, 1984. This is definitely NOT for children.
However, a high school student may enjoy seeing a required reading come to life, and people of all ages should like the play to better explain the book and film for this classic.
Starting at the Cooper Theater at South Texas College July 29, it ends a four-day run Aug. 1.
Englishman George Orwell created a novel so frightening that it never has come true as he ruthlessly imagined it after World War II. Be warned his world of the future went mad.
His violent tale is something for drama-lovers to see and applaud.
This unique, fiery play probably helped almost every nation to think first before starting a new world war.
Let’s help keep reading, watching and learning that Orwell was right on his idea to save the world with his fiery threat. Each time I have read, seen on a screen, or applauded the stage, I thank this strange Englishman for his brutal warning.
You must see it to believe it. I saw some scenes, during rehearsals, already. I will return to see the full show.
Amanda Sasser, artistic director for Lime Light Theatre, has done a fine job to make this prophetic drama work. Her Stage Manager, Mayra Ochoa, should also be commended for her dedication to this show.
The cast has worked hard to bring such a brutal script to life. The audiences are encapsulated into the world of the play as soon as they enter the theater. The ushers, dressed as “thought police,” will show you to your seat. It becomes clear that “Big Brother is watching you”!
The enthusiastic cast and unique show are unlike most shows on the British and American stage. If it should scare you at times, keep remembering you are just watching a unique play.
Alex Gelman plays the tortured Winston. Jackie Contreras also suffers as Julia.
Miguel Flores doubles as O’Brian and Big Brother’s voice. Joel Morales is the voice of Goldstein, Cecilia Davis is the voice of the loud speaker and a member of the Thought Police, Julio Ortiz plays Martin, the head of the Thought Police, and Ricardo Franco plays a member of the Thought Police .
Caroline Eddy plays the land lady, Anna Mardiros plays Syme, Cynthia Flores plays the part of Parsons and Steven Eddy plays her son George, who is a member of the child spies.
“I have greatly enjoyed seeing one of my favorite books come to life,” Sasser said. “I have been blessed with a wonderful cast and crew.”
This play is a South Texas Players production in association with Lime Light Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.