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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... Show starts April 25 - May 20.
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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.

Giles Davies and Jennifer Casler in Jobsite's 1984. (Photos by Pritchard Photography.) 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 the Academy Award winning actor, director, screenwriter, and activist Tim Robbins. Jobsite has history here, having previously produced the Actor’s Gang/Tim Robbins play about the onset of the Iraq War, Embedded, in 2008 to high acclaim. With 1984 Jobsite follows up on the success of The Tempest’s matinee field trips for schools, this one specifically for high school audiences.

“Art often serves as a mirror to its society, but will we reach a point in the Trump era at which we’re suffering from oversaturation and dystopia fatigue? Perhaps, but [1984] remains timely – and terrifying.” Denver Post (2018)


This adaptation of 1984 should not be confused with the one that ran last year on Broadway by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.

In addition to the 17 regularly-scheduled mainstage performances we have made 12 weekday matinees available for high school students.

Please call 813.222.1047 to learn more about our education outreach opportunities or to book your group of 10 or more!

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Tickets: Start at $29.50*
* Single tickets start at $29.50. Prices for individual performances will increase based on demand.

Location: Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center, 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602

Showtimes and Dates
Show runs from April 27 – May 20, 2018 from Thursday to Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm.

Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 - Preview 8 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 - Preview 8 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 Opening Night 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 03, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 04, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 05, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 06, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Michael Gene Sullivan is an award winning actor, director, and playwright. Based in San Francisco, Michael’s plays have been produced at theaters throughout the United States, in Greece, England, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, as well as at the Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), the International Festival of Verbal Art (Berlin), The Spoleto Festival, (Italy), and the The Hong Kong Arts Festival. For the past 17 years Michael has been Resident Playwright for the Tony and OBIE award-winning (and despite its name never, ever silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he has written or co-written over 20 plays. He is also a Resident Playwright for the Playwrights Foundation, and was awarded a 2017 artist residency at the Djerassi Arts Center. Michael’s non-Mime Troupe plays include the award-winning all-woman political farce Recipe, Red Carol, his critically-acclaimed one person show, Did Anyone Ever Tell You-You Look Like Huey P. Newton?, and his stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, which opened at Los Angeles’ Actors’ Gang Theatre under the direction of Academy Award winning actor Tim Robbins. 1984 has since been produced nationally and internationally, is published in the United States, Canada, and Spain, and in 2018 will open in Kiev, Ukraine, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, its fourth and fifth languages.


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