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George Orwell’s 1984 Comes To Casper College

A special adaptation of George Orwell*s 1984 will be presented at Casper College Aug. 16-19 and Aug. 25-26 in the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre.

The play, presented by the Casper College Department of  Theatre and Dance and the Casper College theatre organization known as The Bakkhai, was adapted and is directed by Emily Brantz, a recent Casper College graduate who will begin work this fall towards her bachelor of arts in
directing at Chicago’s Columbia College.

Brantz said,

‘My treatment of the script has been as authentic as I can conceivably make it, because I believe there is power in Orwell’s original words, He was a brilliant writer, and I never changed words or phrases if I didn’t have to.’

The cast of 20 was selected from members of the area and college communities. Lead roles are played by recent CC graduate Sam Ivory, current student Mary McPherson, frequent Stage 3 actor Todd von Gutten, and Casper College faculty member Joe Simon.

The production fits especially well into the current presidential campaign environment.

Brantz says.

“I don’t want this to be a partisan play. The message I want to leave the audience with is not, ‘This is
what happens when the liberals win’ or, ‘This is what happens when the conservatives win,’ but instead, ‘This is what happens when the people give up. Corruption wins.'”


1984 begins at 7:30 each night with a 2 p.m. matinee only on the final day of production. Admission is free and no tickets are required. The play is for mature audiences only. The Thomas H. Empey Studio
Theatre is located in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex on the Casper College campus.

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