Back Alley Productions Invites you to the upcoming drama, “1984.”

Performances are weekends from March 13 to March 22

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Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT) to Monday, March 23, 2020 at 4:30 AM (EDT)
Mars Theatre
117 North Chattanooga Street
LaFayette, GA 30728-2763
United States

Event Details

Lafayette, GA - Award-winning theatre company Back Alley Productions invites you to our
upcoming dystopian drama “1984,” based on the famous George Orwell book of the same
name. The theatre is located at 117 N. Chattanooga Street, Lafayette, Georgia. Visit
https://www.BAPshows.com or call (706) 621-2870.
Performances are weekends from March 13 to March 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30
p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office 30
minutes before showtime. Seating at the Mars Theatre is first come, first served.
In George Orwell’s nightmarish world of “1984,” Winston Smith struggles with life in an
alternative reality where the authoritarian Big Brother government controls the populace with
an ever watchful eye. Free thought is banished and compliance is enforced through mass
surveillance.
“Though 1984 is set 36 years ago in an alternate timeline of our own world, many of the
themes presented share a shocking resemblance to our modern world,” Director Gavin
Russell said. “When Orwell conceived of mass surveillance he had no idea how much further
we would go in just a few short decades. Our modern context has radically changed the
perspective and message of 1984 ever since.”
Defying the national ban on individual thinking, Winston dares to express his own personal
thoughts in a diary, and then pursues love with another human named Julia. Both actions
are deeply criminal and don’t go unnoticed. Soon Winston must face a choice: either he
conforms to the collective or face the dire consequences.
“Winston’s struggle is one I think we can all relate to in the sense that there’s less and less
room to be a free individual in the digital age,” Russell adds. “Everywhere we go can be
tracked, all the pictures we take are shared freely in a mass database we all contribute to,
and we have listening devices and cameras around us at all times.”
Additionally, Russell notes, many companies and politicians of all backgrounds all around
the world keep massive databases on everyone for advertising and political purposes.
“That alone makes the ideas of 1984 important,” he said. “We’re often willing participants,
almost unconscious about the kinds of technology we freely accept into our lives without any
debate or skepticism.”
Russell notes that it's not a far fetched idea that more and more governments will look like
Big Brother as technology advances.

“As time passes the story of 1984 becomes more relevant,” he said. “It’s easy for leaders -
even regular people - to buy into a philosophy that: if you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got
nothing to fear. But 1984 warns us that it’s a little more complicated than that, and that
buying into mass surveillance is a slippery slope to more authoritarian governments. It’s
Google today. Tomorrow? Who knows. The scary thought is that Big Brother governments
are not sudden. Big Brother doesn’t simply show up and kill anyone that opposes them.
Rather, they start small: re-educating and dehumanizing to cultivate compliance.”
Though there’s no heavy adult content, 1984 does contain some themes that are not
intended for younger audience members, including unsettling concepts about authorianism
and some scenes that might be considered frightening or disturbing.
Visit https://www.BAPshows.com or call (706) 621-2870 for more information.

Performances are weekends from March 13 to March 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30
p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office 30
minutes before showtime. Seating at the Mars Theatre is first come, first served.