Kirk Players Stage “Bonus Show” with Free Dramatic Reading of “1984”
The Kirk Players are proud to present two free performances of the book “1984” by George Orwell. The performances will be in the form of a full cast dramatic reading, from the play adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr., and William A Miles, Jr.
The performances will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday and Friday February 1 and 2, 2018 at Lakeside Recreation Center, 900 South Lake Street, Mundelein. While seating is limited on a first come first basis, both performances are free and open to the public. Please come and join us as we rediscover that, as George Orwell himself said, “The best books…are those that tell you what you already know.”
The messages within the story maintain impact and relevance, from the time when it was published in 1949, to 1984 when it was to have taken place, to the present. “War is Peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” “1984” is the story of survival by two party members who commit treason, by falling in love, under the ongoing watchful eye of Big Brother.
Producer Marilee C.C. Rusiniak stated, “I cannot believe how well this story resonates in 2018. Our audiences will walk out of the readings discussing the show.” Director Patrick Blake added, “Everyone knows the phrase "Big Brother is watching you!" But few have actually read the book, or seen the play where that originates. Written in 1949, George Orwell was ahead of his time in this insightful and thought provoking play.”
Cast members include Randy Marginson as Winston, Jessica Motyka as Julia, and Martin Hill as O’Brien. Since it is a dramatic reading, there are no sets, costumes, or effects. The cast must portray everything within their voices. Additionally, since some roles have only few lines, many cast members play two or three roles, distinguishing their various roles through unique vocal interpretations for each. The supporting cast includes: Nick Ahlstrand, Susie Hill, Bev Karns, Maya Sarkis, Maiya Swedberg, Lisa Willems and Makenna Wald.
The performance is approximately two hours, with an intermission. A question and answer session with the actors will follow each performance. For more information please visit www.kirkplayers.org or call 847-521-6192.