Humanity as a Force of Nature.

Brainwashed by Big Brother

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” -George Orwell, 1984

In both the novel and the play adaptation of 1984, we see some hefty brainwashing by Big Brother. Studies after the Korean War revealed 10 basic steps of brainwashingCan you spot them all when you see the play? 

Step 1 - Identity Assault

Step 2 - Guilt

Step 3 - Betrayal

Step 4 - Breaking

Step 5 - Kindness

Step 6 - Confession

Step 7 - Blaming Beliefs

Step 8 - Letting Go

Step 9 - A New Offer

Step 10 - Rebirth

Unstoppable Humanity

“If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can't have any result whatever, you've beaten them.” -George Orwell, 1984​

At the heart of Michael Gene Sullivan's adaptation of 1984 is a love story. Winston and Julia’s relationship is at the root of their rebellion against Big Brother.

Michael Gene Sullivan's play adaptation reveals a kernel of hope, which is distinctly lacking in the source text. Winston’s humanity “infects” the Party members, particularly the two who play him and Julia. It’s a moving and optimistic split from the tone of Orwell's original book.


Where Do You Stand? 

Can love conquer all?

  1. Designate one side of the room as “agree”, one side as “disagree”, and reserve the middle for “absolutely undecided.”

  2. Move to the side of the room that reflects your views on the phrase, “Love conquers all.”

  3. Share your reasoning on your stance.

  4. If someone changes your mind, move to a new view.


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