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Pendragon to stream ‘1984’ for limited time

The lessons from George Orwell’s classic “1984” are as important today as they were when it was first published in 1949. Pendragon Theatre will be streaming a limited run of the stage adaptation June 5 through June 7. (Provided photo)

SARANAC LAKE — Pendragon Theatre will be streaming a limited run of the stage adaptation of “1984” as part of its virtual “Germ-Free Season” June 5 through 7.

The limited run archival recording of the Michael Gene Sullivan stage adaptation of George Orwell’s iconic novel 1984 will be available on the theater’s website at https://www.pendragontheatre.org/upcoming-events.

1984 tells the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, 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. Sullivan’s adaptation has been called, “a ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.”

1984 is directed by Mason Wagner, and features Leslie Dame, Bren Gotham, Terry Kemp, Christopher T. Leifheit, Mark Mainville and Liv Paulson.

This production, while powerful and emotional, contains scenes that include graphic violence and adult language.

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