Nineteen Eighty-Four

“Curiouser and curiouser.”


Reader’s Theater Play Adaptation

The first play adaptation I wrote was George Orwell’s Animal Farm in 2004. Since then, I have always wanted to try Nineteen Eighty-Four on for size but I was secretly leery of adapting it. The novel is indeed Orwell’s masterpiece and I had admired it and read it damn near a dozen times before. But it’s the kind of solemn book you look at and say respectfully, “Hey, that’s one that no one should dare mess with.”

It took me 8 years to conquer this fear and, for good or for bad, in 2012, I threw my heart on my sleeve and joined Winston there in his dystopia.

Was it daunting? Yes. Challenging? Of course. Rewarding? More like… cathartic. Like Whitman. Hell, I think I may have even been in a trance throughout the majority of the project.

Big Brother was there, of course, watching me constantly. And now that I’m on the other side of this thing, looking in, I gasp and I say that “yes! brother Winston, I love him too.”

Published in READ, January, 2012.