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  "What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art.  My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice.  
  "When I sit down to write... I do not say to myself: 'I am going to produce a work of art.'  I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing." 

-George Orwell

January 8 - 31, 2010
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

the world debut of
A Tribute to Orwell's Dystopia

conceived of, adapted, and directed by Brian Zybala*

     Taking George Orwell's prophetic dystopian masterpiece into the Twenty-First Century, our original production of 84 blended together traditional theatre with multi-media wizardry and interpretive movement techniques into an overpowering theatrical experience.
     Complete with Thought-Police, Big Brother, and the Two-Minute Hate, 84 offered audiences a stunning assault on both the mind and the senses as the hapless characters of this not-too-far-in-the-future world struggled for love and freedom of thought against a monolithic technological dictatorship.
Click below for more info...
-- About the Cast
-- About the Crew 
-- Directions to the Theater
-- Director's Notes
-- Production Photos
-- Behind the Scenes Photos
-- Return to the 84 Mainpage
-- Listen to Online Interviews with 84's Director Zybala and Lead Actor Kottler on ThinkTwice Radio

-- About the Unique Development Process Involved in Bringing 84 to Life on the Stage
-- About the Novel 1984
-- About George Orwell

     84 was conceived of, adapted for the stage, and directed by Subversive Theatre Troupe Member Brian Zybala* -- the man who also created our physical theatre production of OUROBOROS the year before.  With his refreshing vision for experimental theatre, Brian once again architected a passionate, thought-provoking, and mind-bendingly beautiful odyssey unlike anything else to be found in the world of Buffalo theatre.  
     Sporting a daring ten member cast (and even two live rats!), this production featured a deliciously oppressive atmosphere thanks to the ominous lighting of Carlie Todoro-Rickus*, the richly distopian sets by Dyan O'Connell*, and a long list of spellbinding video creations courtesy of Brian Milbrand & Holly Johnson which conjured up both the distorted inner thoughts of the characters as well as the insidious propagandizing telescreens of the tale's dystopian world.
     We at Subversive Theatre were very proud to serve as the testing ground for this bold and sorely needed statement on oppression in our post-modern world.  Here's the rundown on who did what:

Director/Adaptor . . . Brian Zybala*

Winston Smith . . . Andrew Kottler
O'Brien . . . Rebecca Ward
Julia . . . Natalie Mack
Sam . . . Tom Scahill*

Mary Boatman, David Butterfield, 
Tamara S. Hopersberger*, Hanna Lipkind*,
Michael O'Hear, and Jenna Winnett

Goldstein . . . Gerald Finnegan
Morning Jerk Instructor . . . Beth Elkins
Mother Smith . . . Holly Johnson

Stage Manager . . . Kara Ashby
Lighting Design . . . Carlie Todoro-Rickus*
Set Design . . . Dyan O'Connell*
Sound Design . . . John Shotwell*
Costume Design . . . Brian Patrick Stoyle
Movement Consultant . . . Monica Karwan*
Videography . . . Brian Milbrand 
& Holly Johnson
Animation . . . Tom Holt

Photography . . . Kurt Schneiderman* 
& Richard Wicka
Publicity . . . Lizz Schumer*
Web & Poster Design . . . Kurt Schneiderman*
Carpentry . . . Tom Izard*

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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