The dystopian classic, 1984 by George Orwell, has gotten its own Broadway adaptation. The play doesn’t hold back on the torture and violence, either.
It has led many audience members to pass out and vomit. It even caused some people to get in fights.
1984 takes place in a dystopian future where a totalitarian government rules the country of England. They call themselves The Party and are run by the elusive “Big Brother.”
They control the population by suppressing free speech, personal expression, individuality, and sexuality. They employ brainwashing, propaganda, and constant surveillance to keep its citizens in line.
The sales of the book skyrocketed after the Inauguration of President Donald Trump. This could’ve been because of Kellyanne Conway coined the phrase “alternative facts” to describe falsehoods. This is something right out of the book, where the government rewrites history to make themselves right all the time.
Duncan Macmillan, who co-wrote and co-directed the play, said:
“We’re not trying to be willfully assaultive or exploitatively shock people, but there’s nothing here or in the disturbing novel that isn’t happening right now, somewhere around the world: People are being detained without trial, tortured and executed. We can sanitize that and make people feel comforted, or we can simply present it without commentary and allow it to speak for itself.”
Robert Icke, who co-wrote and co-directed with Macmillan, added:
“You can stay and watch or you can leave — that’s a perfectly fine reaction to watching someone be tortured. But if this show is the most upsetting part of anyone’s day, they’re not reading the news headlines. Things are much worse than a piece of theater getting under your skin a little bit.”
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