Jobsite Theatre at the Straz Center for Performing Arts presents 1984.

1984 warns us with the story of Winston Smith, a small 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 Thought crimes before an unseen Inquisitor and the audience – who act as a silent witness.

This ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature was commissioned in 2008 by the Actor’s Gang under the direction of Tim Robbins. Jobsite has history here, having produced the Actor’s Gang/Tim Robbins Embedded in 2008 to high acclaim. With 1984,Jobsite adds a second show in the season that will be offered up as weekday matinee field trips, this one specifically for high school audiences. Playwright Michael Gene Sullivan is a resident playwright for the San Francisco Mime Troupe and was given Stanford University’s Equity Award for using his work to achieve racial, gender, and age balance on stage.

In addition to the 17 regularly-scheduled mainstage performances we have a dozen weekday matinees available for high school students. Please call 813.222.1047 to learn more about our education outreach opportunities or to book your group of 10 or more!

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Date(s): April 25, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Hours: 8pm Thu - Sat, Sun 4pm.
Admission: $29.50 general admission. $15 rush for those who qualify. 20% off groups of 10 or more.


1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602