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Southeastern's Columbia Theatre presents ‘1984’

 

Monday, February 3, 2020 Aquila Theatre Company
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING - Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Aquila Theatre Company in “1984” for one performance only on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the production are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at www.columbiatheatre.org.


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Aquila Theatre Company in “1984” for one performance only on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Columbia Theatre Artistic Director Jim Winter said George Orwell’s cautionary novel seems forever both timely and ahead of its time.
     “It is somewhat oddly fitting that Aquila Theatre brings ‘1984’ to our stage at a time when the public is actively debating the intersection of government and individuality,” Winter said. “As our modern world grapples with the threats and benefits of technological integration, Aquila Theatre’s production provides a space to appreciate the value of individual thought. Today, Orwell’s prescient story resonates around the globe as individuals, systems and governments clash.”
     Written in 1944 near the end of World War II, “1984” depicts a society controlled by a totalitarian government bent on repressing all subversive tendencies.
     “In Orwell’s world, ’Big Brother’ is always watching and technology is wielded as a weapon to inundate citizens with propaganda and to monitor thoughts and actions,” explained Winter. “Imagined before the existence of computers, this dystopian future explores the power of technology as a mental manipulator and source of curated information.”
     Tickets for the production range from $36 to $45 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at www.columbiatheatre.org.
     Special $10 Southeastern student tickets are also offered for this production. Students must present their university ID at the box office.
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for “1984” and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 985-543-4371 for more information.




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