Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan from the novel
by George Orwell
Directed by Shawn Paonessa
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
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  remains timely
– and terrifying.” – Denver Post (2018)
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
Please call 813.222.1047 to learn more about our education outreach
opportunities or to book your group of 10 or more!
More on 1984 Visit: https://www.jobsitetheater.org/1984_/
Purchase Tickets Here: https://shop.strazcenter.org/Shop/ProductionDetails.aspx?ProdId=22334
Tickets: Start at $29.50*
* Single tickets start at $29.50. Prices for
individual performances will increase based on demand.
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.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
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.