Obsidian Theater presents 1984
1984 is an adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan of George Orwell’s masterpiece novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The play, which takes place in a dystopian future, revolves around the protagonist Winston Smith and his resistance to Big Brother, the Inner Party, and its omnipresent government surveillance, propaganda, and manipulation.
1984 takes place in a province of the super-state Oceania, with the world in a perpetual war. The people are dictated to by a political regime, Ingsoc, which is overseen by Big Brother and Party leader, O’Brien, who seek power entirely for its own sake.
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth, which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to rewrite past newspaper articles, so that the historical record always supports the party line - i.e., fact news. Smith is a diligent and skillful worker but secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.