Tonight a few of us from Inclusive Theater of WNY, along with a few friends, are going to see 1984 at The Kavinoky Theatre on Porter Rd (at D’Youville College). Friends of ITOWNY Aleks Malejs and Patrick Moltane are in this production, as well as John Profetta, who was in ITOWNY’s production of “And Where Will You Put the Things You Save?” last October at the Alleyway Theatre.
The cast of 1984 had a difficult job to do. They had fully prepared to perform To Kill A Mockingbird when the production was cancelled because Scott Rudin, producer of the version currently playing on Broadway (an adaptation of the original that is completely different than the original) threatened to sue the Kavinoky, as well as many other theaters across the country and in the UK! The publisher had given these groups the green light because the adaptation was so different, but Rudin wasn’t having it. You don’t wrestle with a 900 lb. gorilla and so these smaller theatres, often working on tight margins, really had not choice but to cancel. The Kavinoky’s manager, Lorraine O’Donnell, decided they would do 1984 instead, and although it is a difficult play to do, the cast was game.
I can’t wait to see what this talented cast has accomplished! If you can support them by buying a ticket and seeing the play, I would encourage you to do so. 1984 is as relevant now as it was in the 60s when I first read the book and saw the movie. Perhaps even more relevant. I’ll be posting my review of the show tomorrow!
In the meantime, we at Inclusive are busy rehearsing our short plays for next weeks’ opening of A Festival of Shorts! Did you purchase your tickets? You can do so here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4205379