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Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan from the novel by George Orwell
Directed by Shawn Paonessa
1984 warns us with the story of Winston Smith, a small cog in the giant machine-state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen Inquisitor and the audience – who act as a silent witness.
This ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature was commissioned in 2008 by the Actor’s Gang under the direction of Tim Robbins. Jobsite has history here, having produced the Actor’s Gang/Tim Robbins Embedded in 2008 to high acclaim. With 1984, Jobsite adds a second show in the season that will be offered up as weekday matinee field trips, this one specifically for high school audiences. Playwright Michael Gene Sullivan is a resident playwright for the San Francisco Mime Troupe and was given Stanford University’s Equity Award for using his work to achieve racial, gender, and age balance on stage.
1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602
There is parking (including parking for the disabled) at the Straz’s arrival plaza onTyler Street on a first-come, first-served basis (fees range from $7-$17).
Other pay-to-park options include the City of Tampa’s Poe Garage on N. Ashley Drive and nearby surface parking lots on MacInnes and Fortune streets (fees range from $5-$8 in these lots) as well as in metered spaces along the surrounding streets (no cost after 6 pm).