BWW Previews: 1984 at Outré Theatre Company

The Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce the first production of its 2017/18 season will be George Orwell's seminal dystopia 1984, adapted by Andrew White. This is Outré's sixth full season, and its first in its new home at the recently opened Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

In this adaptation of Orwell's dystopia, the surveillance state is everywhere. The Party subtly controls all aspects of its citizens' lives, from the "news" they consume to the "history" they are taught to the very way they think and believe. In the midst of this society of lies and half-truths, one man remembers his childhood, a childhood without the Party, without the fear and the lies and the omnipresent spying. It is these memories which lead this man, Winston Smith, to rebel against Big Brother and to search for something more than just a bare existence. Outré's production of 1984 uses multimedia, film, and projections to create a world that isn't that far removed from our own.

"It's no surprise that Orwell's work is as timely and provocative as ever," said Skye Whitcomb, Outré's Artistic Director and the director of the production. "Every day we see something else that reminds us that fascism and dictatorship can insidiously intertwine itself into our society, and that there will even be those who welcome it. 1984 shows us a society where people have willingly given up control over every aspect of their lives in order to be 'safe'; it's quite frightening, really."

The cast includes:

· Seth Trucks (Winston): Seth Trucks trained at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

· Peter W. Galman (O'Brien): Peter Galman earned a Silver Palm award for his work as Baptista in Kiss Me, Kate at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in tandem with his role as a mad programmer in The Nether at Area Stage Company in Coral Gables.

· Jennipher Murphy (Julia): Jennipher Murphy received her MFA in performance from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is an Actor's Equity Association Membership Candidate.

· Meredith Bartmon (Syme): Meredith Bartmon has been working professionally since 2009 and is a member of UK Equity and an Actors' Equity Association Membership Candidate.

· Murphy Hayes (Charrington): Murphy Hayes is a South Florida actor and graphic designer, whose last excursion with Outré was Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing.

· Joey De La Rua (Parsons): While earning his BFA in theatre-performance at Florida Atlantic University, he has played Katurian in The PIllowman, Barry Champlain in Talk Radio, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, and many others.

· Michael Conner (Ampleforth): Michael Conner is a South Florida based writer and actor. His most recent credits include Mark Roberts' New Country at the Lake Worth Playhouse Black Box Series, and Strangers on a Train with the Arts Radio Network Theatre Project.

· Daryl Patrice (Tillotson): Daryl Patrice is a graduate of Spelman College, and works as an actor for both film and stage.

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library is a mixed-use City of Pompano Beach facility. The 47,000 square foot facility showcases a Cultural Center and Library under one roof. The Cultural Center features the best of regional talent in South Florida along with the finest international talent. A home to a 400-seat theater, an art gallery, and a state-of-the-art digital media center, the Cultural Center brings all disciplines together, not just under one roof but onto one stage. The 11 resident [AU5] companies of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center offer exciting individual performances, while also collaborating on special events and education programming.

Performances of 1984 will be July 13 - July 30, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets: $39 adults, $19 students and industry. Outré Theatre Company is a vibrant, growing theatre[AU1] [SMW2] company in beautiful South Florida. Outré believes that theatre[AU3] is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves and the world around us. They strive to create theatre[AU4] which stimulates thought, provokes reflection, and encourages activism. Tickets available at or by calling (954) 839-9578.

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