Aquila Theatre brings “1984”, George Orwell’s cautionary novel to Coughlin-Saunders PAC

The Arts Council of Central Louisiana is proud to present Aquila Theatre’s 1984 on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 PM at Coughlin-Saunders PAC. Aquila Theatre, based in New York City, is the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States. The New Yorker calls Aquila’s productions “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.”

In the throes of unprecedented challenges to privacy, truth, and personal expression, Aquila Theatre brings “1984”, George Orwell’s novel, to the stage. 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. 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.

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?

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+), $10 for students/children (3 to 18), and $45 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). Tickets are available online at, by calling (318) 484-4474, or at the door.


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Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Wednesday, March 4th, for a screening of Mossville: Where Great Trees Fall. This film is part of the 2019 – 2020 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with the filmmakers, Alexander Glustrom, Daniel Bennett, Katie Mathews, Michelle Lanier, and Catherine Rierson, will follow the screening. The screening will be held at 7:00 PM at the Hearn Stage in the Kress Theater.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students & can be purchased at the door or at

About the film: Mossville, Louisiana— once a vibrant community — is now a contaminated wasteland with a few lone holdout residents struggling to maintain their history against the relentless advancement of corporate interests. Their story is told in the documentary film, Mossville: Where Great Trees Fall.

Stacey Ryan promised his dying parents that he would protect Mossville, a historic Louisiana community built by formerly enslaved people and free people of color. Surrounded by 14 petrochemical plants, Mossville now faces a new threat from a proposed multi-billion-dollar project to construct a chemical plant — the largest in the western hemisphere. In the past 10 years, Ryan has lost many family members and neighbors to cancer, but he refuses to leave his home. The cost of resistance is high; his power, water and sewage have been cut off and he is having health problems from chemical exposure. Even more worrying, Ryan has a five-year-old son to consider. As a chemical company encroaches on citizens’ property with buyout offers, Ryan and other community members have to decide whether to exist in a chemical war zone or abandon the land that has been in their families for generations.

This event is made possible through the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a South Arts program. Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of best independent filmmakers and their films from around the country to communities throughout the South. The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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