STARTS NOV 10, 2023

by George Orwell
adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan
Directed by Barbara Damashek


November 10-December 10

December 5-10


2 hour, 15 minutes
There will be one 10-minute intermission.


Intimate. Insidious. Intense.

Adapted from George Orwell by the Bay Area's own Michael Gene Sullivan, 1984 is a ferocious and provocative retelling of the prescient and iconic novel. Big Brother's surveillance state seeks to control not just our bodies but our minds as well, reaching into every corner of our lives. Accused of Thoughtcrime, Winston Smith faces an interrogation that will reveal his struggle for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with paranoia and violence. Can the yearning for freedom be extinguished? Or is our shared humanity more powerful than any forces of repression? Experience the novel come to life with shocking relevance in this brilliant adaptation on the Aurora stage.


"This adaptation is multi-layered, intense, and disturbing – exactly how it should be." 
-The South China Morning Post


 Explore the Program for 1984 Online


Post Show Discussions
Please join us for a discussion of Aurora's production of 1984, hosted after the show on the select days listed below. Discussions will be led by Aurora staff or members of the Creative Team, who may be joined by the actors, director, community members, or local storytellers.


Friday Affinity Nights
Every Friday, we invite a specific group to come together and enjoy community in the Aurora space through the shared experience of playgoing. While all are welcome to any performance, these nights are meant to provide a safe and intentional experience for these specific cross-sections of our community.


Aurora INsights
Aurora INsights are a moderated panel and discussion offered to our donors of any level to continue the conversations inspired by the themes of our 2023/2024 Season. To learn more about this program and other donor benefits, visit auroratheatre.org/donor-benefits.


Production Photos by Kevin Berne