By George Orwell
Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan (click here for information on this adaptation)
Directed by Tony Caselli

March 23 – April 23, 2017

A Michigan Premiere!

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Copywright, 1949) by permission of Bill Hamilton as the Literary Executor of the Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell, adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan.

The Production

Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience – which acts as a silent witness to his torture. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century, 1984 asks: “What does it mean to be an individual?””What does it mean to be human?” (Contains mature language/content.)

Set Designer: Kirk Domer
Lighting Designer: Shannon Schweitzer
Costume Designer: Holly Iler
Sound Designer: Jason Painter Price
Props Designer: Michelle Raymond
Stage Manager: Paige Conway
Prod. Asst. to SM: Sarah Botruff and Anna Morreal


Tobin Hissong, Curran Jacobs, John Lepard, Robin Lewis-Bedz, Brandy Joe Plambeck, David Wolber

Performance Schedule


Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
Saturdays at 3PM (beginning Saturday, April 1)
Sundays at 2PM
Conversation Sunday: April 9, 2017
Military Matinee: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Ticket Prices


Pay-What-You-Can ~ Thursday, March 23, 2017
Preview Performances ~ Friday, March 24 – Thursday, March 30: $15
Opening Night ~ Friday, March 31 @ 8pm: $30
Beginning Saturday, April 1:
Thursday evenings ~ $25
Friday and Saturday evenings ~ $30
Saturday and Sunday matinees ~ $27
Student tickets (with valid ID) ~ $10
Senior discount (65 and older) ~ $2 off regular ticket price
Military discount ~ $2 off regular ticket price
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In The Press

 Click here to listen to a WKAR interview with Director Tony Caselli and actor David Wolber.

PREVIEW: Interview with Tony Caselli in Lansing City Pulse.

REVIEW: Encore Michigan