Event Details


  • Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 @ 7:00 PM Doors open at 5:30 PM Buy Tickets Now
  • Ticket Prices:

  • $10.00, plus fees
  • Tickets Go On Sale:

  • Jun 7, 2019
  • Additional Details:

  • A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m.

In the throes of unprecedented challenges to privacy, truth, and personal expression, Aquila Theatre brings 1984, George Orwell’s cautionary novel, to the stage at The F.M. Kirby Center on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and available through The Sundance Vacations Box Office at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at (570) 826-1100.

All seats are just $10, plus applicable fees, thanks to underwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

As our modern world grapples with the threats and benefits of technological integration, Aquila Theatre’s production of 1984 provides a space to appreciate the value of individual thought - an evocative and timely narrative of personal freedom against political repression. 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 perfectly totalitarian government bent on repressing all subversive tendencies. “Big Brother” is always watching and technology is wielded as a weapon to inundate citizens with propaganda and to monitor thoughts and actions. Imagined before the existence of computers, this dystopian future explores the power of technology as a mental manipulator and source of curated information.

The resurgence of 1984 marks a widespread desire to understand the present moment by looking back… as a means to look forward. How far are we from realizing Orwell’s nightmare? Are we already there? Can there be more than one truth, more than one set of facts?

1984 is a classic by one of literature’s most significant authors and provides the kind of evocative and innovative storytelling that suits Aquila’s bold, ensemble driven, physical style.

Aquila Theatre

Aquila Theatre’s mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number. A play becomes ‘classical’ because we recognize that after a time it transcends the original culture it was created for. It retains the power to provoke the central question of what it means to be human. As a company dedicated to the classics, we feel a responsibility to acknowledge and explore newfound classical works. Aquila was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck.

Aquila is the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States, visiting 50-60 American cities per year. Aquila is currently touring Hamlet and Sense & Sensibility (2017/2018). Most recent past touring seasons include: Much Ado About Nothing and Murder on the Nile, as well as The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus (2016/2017); Romeo and Juliet and Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2015/2016); The Tempest and Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (2014/2015); Twelfth Night and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (2013/2014); Taming of the Shrew and Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (2012/2013); Macbeth and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (2011/2012); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author (2010/2011); As You Like It and Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (2009/2010).