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Feb. 1-11: '1984' is next Theatre & Dance Mainstage Production

Play will be performed on campus in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 1-18-2018

In the photo, Winston Smith (Billy Gleason) and Julia (Martha Juliana Cubillos) burn newspapers in the Ministry of Truth.

MANKATO – Of the number of concerns George Orwell explored in his book “1984,” one glaring question raised is what happens when there no watchdogs.

Up next in the Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre & Dance Mainstage season is the play version of Orwell’s famous work, and Director Heather E. Hamilton explores and emphasizes that very threat to society.

Hamilton writes, “Our country was founded on the idea that individuals would seek truth, find facts, and think for themselves. The press, in reporting on events, was intended to help Americans find those truths. Good journalism does not spread lies. Good government does not ‘wage war’ on good journalists. Let us find facts and believe what we find, instead of passively swallowing party lines. Let us dig deeper for truth and never, NEVER, simply believe what we know not to be true. Two plus two will never equal five.”

About the play: Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, “1984” brings us the story of Winston Smith, a 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 – which acts as a silent witness to his torture. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

The play runs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1-3 and 7-10; and 2 p.m. Feb. 4, 10 and 11 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Tickets are $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or for more information.

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