Past Productions

Opened October 2008
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

Written by Ray Bradbury, directed by Alan Neal Hubbs.
Presented by Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company.

A paternalistic government suspends basic individual liberties in the name of preserving the security of the homeland.

That could never happen here. Could it? Firemen in a world of the near future don’t put out fires. They start them. They burn books. Reading is banned in the interest of maintaining a becalmed, dumbed-down society. People are spoon-fed contrived TV “reality” shows in which viewers participate in the action. But the human intellect and instinct for freedom can’t be completely denied and a rebellious few will read books regardless of the consequences.

One of the rebels is a fireman himself. But the fire department has a weapon of terror, a killing machine, a robot hound who can hunt down offenders and destroy them.

Can rebel fireman Montag and his friends save our cultural heritage from being crushed beneath the grinding heel of a fascist authority? Will Montag and the resistance be able to survive?

First published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction novel “Fahrenheit 451” is eerily prescient and is as wrenchingly relevant now as it was on the day it first appeared. It has previously been made into a film (by Truffaut), an opera, and a play performed professionally in L.A., New York, London and Moscow in recent years.

 

REVIEWS

“Excellent actors deliver with commitment and imagination.” –ReviewPlays.com
“We love it.” –Back Stage West
“Ambitious” –Los Angeles Times
“Red-hot…Spine-tingling” –Los Angeles Journal
“Engaging and successful” –Pasadena Weekly
“Highly recommended” –Hollywood 2020
“Well-acted” –American Chronicle
“Worth seeing again” –Pasadena Star-News
“Even more relevant now” –Tolucan Times

 

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