By Ray Bradbury, based on his novel
Directed by Sharon Ott
September 7 – October 9, 2011
Round House Theatre Bethesda
Run time is approximately 2 ½ hours, including 1 intermission.
Bradbury’s masterpiece about a future without books comes chillingly to life in an adaptation by the legendary author himself.
Firemen in this futuristic world burn books and hunt down anyone who risks reading them. Free-thought and intellectualism are discouraged, questioning authority is dangerous, and the masses are spoon-fed a diet of interactive reality shows on their huge TVs. Montag, a fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, befriends a young woman who dares to read. Suddenly a hunted fugitive, he must choose between safety and intellectual freedom.
Bradbury’s message still resonates today in this production utilizing cutting-edge special effects and projections.
“Bradbury’s account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating.” ‑ New York Times
Montag: David Bonham
Beatty/ensemble: Jefferson A. Russell
Faber/ensemble: John Lescault
Holden/ensemble: Mark Hairston
Black/ensemble: B. Todd Johnston
Mildred/ensemble: Liz Mamana
Clarisse/ensemble: Aurora Heimbach
Mrs. Hudson/ensemble: Jean Harrison
Helen/ensemble: Katie Atkinson
Alice/ensemble: Rachel Holt
Ensemble: Paul Scanlan
Production Design: Hal Tiné
Costume Design: Dawn Testa
Lighting Design: Ruth Hutson
Music & Sound Design: Steve LeGrand
Director – Live Action Film Segments: Michael Jackson Chaney
Motion Media Design: Alessandro Imperato
Animation: David Wardell
Motion Graphics: Brad Matarazzo
Projection Engineer: Erik Trester
Stage Manager: Maribeth Chaprnka
Recommended for age 13 and above
Fahrenheit 451 is sponsored in part through generous support from Michael Beriss & Jean Carlson and The Dupler Family
For info about audience events during Fahrenheit 451 – including the Parents’ Matinee (childcare for ages 3-12, must be potty trained), pre- and post-show discussions, audio-described and sign-interpreted performances – click here.
Article in the Gazette featuring an interview with director Sharon Ott.