During August and September, the Hippodrome is partnering with UF School of Theatre and Dance and the Alachua County Library District on a community wide reading and conversation initiative, One City One Story. The book will be George Orwell's novel, 1984, which has seen an upturn in popularity recently. It skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot on Amazon's bestsellers list earlier this year. Soon after that, it clinched the top spot on USA Today's bestsellers list. This marked a rare occasion of sorts- only two other classic novels have ever been number one since the list began in 1993.
There will be various events throughout the community during late August and early September including:
August 4, 3-5 pm 1984 Observership Begins-The Hippodrome Play Observership offers the opportunity for the public to go behind-the-scenes at a professional regional theatre and experience the creative process as the production team takes a play from page to stage.
August 24, 6:30-9 pm OCOS Book Club: Drinks and Dystopia- Drink wine, meet fellow book lovers, and explore 1984 in the Hippodrome basement. (appetizers will be provided and there will be raffle prizes)
August 25, 4-6 pm Auditions for Readings of 1984- Join Hippodrome team and audition to participate in readings throughout our community during September. Looking for seniors and high school students.
August 30, 5:30 pm Community Reading of 1984- Stars on the Steps! Join fellow citizens on the steps on the Hippodrome to read from 1984.
Sept. 1, 8-11 pm Opening Night of 1984 at the Hippodrome.
Sept. 1-24 1984 runs at the Hippodrome.
Sept. 5-15 HIgh School Outreach- Reaching out to Alachua County High Schools to explore 1984 and how it connects to our world today.
Sept. 7, 1:45 pm 1984 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow- At The Atrium, Reading and discussion of themes in the novel from multi-generational perspectives.
Sept. 10, 4 pm Talk Back with Actors after Sunday Matinee- Hear the backstage stories and learn how the actors, directors, and designers make the magic happen on stage.
Sept. 12, 2:30 pm 1984 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow- At Brookdale, Reading and discussion of themes in the novel from multi-generational perspectives.
Sept. 12, 9pm Talkback After Performance with Alex Woloch- Woloch, Professor and English Chair at Stanford University and Orwellian scolar, will discuss Orwell's framework as a writer and his relevance in this political moment in time. He is the author of Or Orwell: Writing and Democratic Socialism (Harvard UP, 2016) a study that examines Orwell's writing alongside his ethics and political vision.
Sept. 14, 3 pm 1984 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow at Oak Hammock- Reading and discussion of themes in the novel from multi-generational perspectives.
Sept. 15, 4 pm 1984 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow at Library Headquarters- Reading and discussion of themes in the novel from multi-generational perspectives.
Sept. 18, 7-8:15 pm Fake News and 1984 at the Hippodrome Cinema- Join a panel of UF's Journalism distinguished faculty to discuss Contemporary Journalism as it relates to Orwell's depiction of media manipulation. Panel includes: Mike Foley- Master Lecturer: Hugh Cunningham Professor in Journalism Excellence. Kim Walsh-Childers- Professor of Journalism and Communicaions. Andrew Selepak- Director, MAMC Social Media.
Sept. 24 1984 Production Closes.