by Michael Gene Sullivan (adapted from the novel by George Orwell)
Directed by Carin Bratlie
October 17-26, 2014
Performing at Intermedia Arts


In this innovative adaptation of the classic George Orwell novel, the story begins in the interrogation room. Winston is questioned about his thoughtcrime against the nation and held accountable by a handful of hive-mind party members who draw upon his memories and his actions. He will learn—as we all must—that truth is not for discovery. It is a burden that has been gloriously lifted from us, allowing us to march into victory stronger, and we thank Big Brother for that mercy and protection.

The Cast

Winston Smith – Grant Henderson *
The Interrogator – John Middleton
First Party Member – William Goblirsch
Second Party Member – Emily Dussault
Third Party Member – Brian Columbus
Fourth Party Member – Kory LaQuess Pullam
Telescreen Announcer – Andy Chambers *

The Crew

Director – Carin Bratlie *
Stage Manager – Clara Costello
Set Designer – Julia Carlis *
Costume Designer – Samantha Kuhn Staneart
Lighting Designer – Brent Anderson
Props Designer – Amy Pirkl *
Sound Designer – Jacob M. Davis
Telescreen Designer – Julia Carlis *
Dramaturg – Christine “Kit” Gordon *
Directing Observer – Sofia Lindgren Galloway
Dramaturg Observer – Gina Musto
ASL Interpreter – Jodi Monson
ASL Interpreter – Rebecca Rick

*Theatre Pro Rata Company Member

The Press

City Pages includes 1984 as part of the Best Theater of 2014.

Lavender Magazine lists Grant Henderson as Best Dramatic Actor and Brian Columbus as Best Dramatic Supporting Actor of 2014 for their work on 1984.

“Henderson gives a terrific performance from beginning to end.”
“John Middleton is a frightening presence as just a voice through the first two-thirds of the play. He becomes absolutely terrifying when he finally arrives on stage.”
“This is 1984 at its most visceral and its best.” –City Pages

“Director Carin Bratlie and her team keep the whole thing simple, turning 1984 into an extremely effective theatrical exercise. The whole cast keeps you guessing how the thing’s going to turn out.”
“1984 is a horror story that makes you think. Like any good scare, it sticks with you long after the lights come up.” –TC Daily Planet

“Director Carin Bratlie is in top form. She has taken what could have been a static staging and turned it into a gripping ensemble experience by Theatre Pro Rata. … a production packed with chilling performances.” –Lavender Magazine

“This production delivers George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel as a visceral jab to the guts. And the fact that it’s a brilliantly executed punch doesn’t make it any easier to endure.”
“crisply directed by Carin Bratlie, [the production] is powerful precisely because it gives raw and immediate life to the novel’s familiar intellectual arguments.”
“Theatre Pro Rata’s “1984” ably balances two outstanding performances and a nicely modulated ensemble to present a battle of wills that is both riveting and devastating. It’s an impressive, if often horrifying, production.” –Star Tribune

“[T]his well-done production by Theatre Pro Rata makes for a gripping and squirm-inducing evening.” –Cherry and Spoon

City Pages interviews Carin, Grant, and John about the production, its relevance to our privacy-deficient culture, and Pro Rata’s journey to selecting the script.
The Star Tribune features the show for its opening weekend.
The Pioneer Press interviews 1984’s dramaturg, Pro Rata company member Kit Gordon, about her work on the show and dramaturgy in general.
L’Etoile features 1984 among its list of happenings for the weekend.
City Pages‘ Fall Arts Preview features 1984.

Performance Dates
Friday, October 17 @ 7:30 P.M. – Opening Night party
Saturday, October 18 @ 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, October 19 @ 7:30 P.M. – Pay What You Can Performance/ASL Performance
Monday, October 20 @ 7:30 P.M. – Pay What You Can Performance
Thursday, October 23 @ 7:30 P.M.
Friday, October 24 @ 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, October 25 @ 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, October 26 @ 3:00 P.M.


1984 Study Guide
Virtual Playbill

Photo Gallery

Photo Credit: Charles Gorrill
Graphic Design: Grant Henderson