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Peter Hackett, director

Based on the novel by George Orwell.

Fast-paced, mixed-media adaptation underscores the up-to-the-minute relevance of Orwell’s 1949 classic about political tyranny and disinformation.


The Moore Theater


Michael Ganio, scenic designer
Laurie Churba, costume designer
Kathy A. Perkins, lighting designer
Scott Killian, composer/sound designer
Andy Reichsman (Ames Hill Productions), videographer
Jaclyn Pageau ’18, stage manager

Buoyed by “misinformation” and “alternative facts,” the current political regime’s attacks on our democratic institutions have thrust George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 onto the best-seller list once again. This production investigates Orwell’s 20th-century prophecy in the context of 21st-century America, and asks the question, “Are we there yet?”

Download Playbill: 1984

Recommended for ages 14 and older; includes scenes of violence that some may find disturbing.



Opening Night Reception
Fri, February 16, Top of the Hop, Free
Please join us for a celebratory reception in the Top of the Hop following the show on Friday, February 16. Cash bar available, courtesy of Top of the Hop Bar. This event is generously supported by the Hopkins Center and the Adams Family Fund for Theater.

Pre-Show Talk: Fascism, Resistance and the Politics of 1984
Sat, February 17, 7 pm, Top of the Hop, Free
Join us for a pre-show talk with the show’s director, Peter Hackett (Theater), Mark Bray (author, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook), and Laura Edmondson (Chair, Theater).

Post-Performance Discussion
Fri, February 23, Free
You are invited to remain in the theater immediately following the performance on Friday, February 23, for an informal discussion with the director and members of the cast.