Press Release: For Immediate Release

 

Miners Alley Playhouse Presents our 2006 New Works Series

 

1984

 

By

Walter L. Newton

(based on the book by George Orwell)

 

Directed by Rick Bernstein

Miners Alley Playhouse presents a new stage adaptation of this profound novel by resident playwright Walter L. Newton (High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Poof…a play with magic, and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden). Mr. Newton has crafted a riveting version of this story that will please diehard fans of the book and those theatre goers who are unfamiliar with the story.

The show opens Friday Sept. 15th, 2006 and plays on Fri. and Sat. nights at 7:30pm and Sun. evenings at 6:00pm through Oct. 22nd, 2006. Call 303-935-3044 for reservations and information. Miners Alley Playhouse is at 1224 Washington Ave, Golden, Co. 80401.

Each decade since 1949, pundits of every political persuasion have been able to find prophetic moments in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Terms and phrases from the book have become idiomatic in our language. We compare government intrusion into our lives with “Big Brother is watching you.” Confusing political rhetoric is seen as “Newspeak” or “doublethink. “Room 101” still bespeaks of the place of our greatest fears and “Orwellian” has come to describe actions or organizations reminiscent of the society in the novel.

In the New York Times book review (June 12th, 1949)  they said that ''Nineteen Eighty-four,'' the most contemporary novel of this year and who knows of how many past and to come, is a great examination into and dramatization of Lord Acton's famous apothegm, ''Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.''

Six decades later, we can see the living face of Orwell’s nightmare. Lessons learned from the era of two world wars have become lessons forgotten by the leaders of today’s societies. Histories are being rewritten to the benefit of the losers, moral relativity is forgiving the sins and sinners of the past and dormant inhuman ideologies’ have become the new saviors of the people.

Orwell never intended us to see his tale as a simple political tract against totalitarianism. He wanted us to understand that if we become complacent in our day to day lives, that if we ever stop examining the dogmas and rhetoric that spew from our politicians, then we ourselves are responsible for the government we get and we have opened the Gates of Hell.