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ANIMAL FARM at Drayton Hall Theatre

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 8:00pm

ANIMAL FARM at Drayton Hall Theatre

Sir Peter Hall's acclaimed, music-filled stage adaptation of the classic George Orwell novel plays at Drayton Hall Theatre April 14-22.

The University of SC Dept. of Theatre and Dance

Animal Farm

Based on the novel by George Orwell
Adapted by Sir Peter Hall
Music by Adrian Mitchell
Lyrics by Richard Peaslee
Directed by Stan Brown
Musical Direction by Steven Gross

April 14-22, 2017

Drayton Hall Theatre
1214 College St.

Show Times:

Friday, April 14: 8pm
Saturday, April 15: 8pm
Wednesday, April 19: 8pm  
Thursday, April 20: 8pm
Friday, April 21:  8pm
Saturday, April 22: 3pm
Saturday, April 22: 8pm

*There is no Sunday matinee performance for this production.

$12  |  Students
$16  |  USC Faculty/Staff, Military and Seniors 60+
$18  |  General Admission

Box Office: 777-2551
Or purchase in person at Longstreet Theatre.
Box Office Hours: 12:30pm - 5:30pm, Monday - Friday

Tickets on sale starting Friday, April 7.

Sir Peter Hall's much-acclaimed stage adaptation, featuring songs by composer Richard Peaslee and lyricist Adrian Mitchell, brilliantly brings Orwell’s dystopian allegory about a political uprising that leads to totalitarian oppression to the stage.  As in the classic novel, the animals of Manor Farm band together to overthrow their two-legged masters, and create a world where “all animals are equal.”  Their utopia is short-lived, however, as a group of pigs conspire to prove that “some are more equal than others.”   “[The play] is filled with insights that remain sadly current… A tribute to the enduring power of a noble work.”  - The New York Times

Professor Stan Brown is directing the production, which he says is ultimately an argument for the power of personal choice.

“Because the allegory is specifically about the Russian revolution, moving from Czarist Russia into Communism, the lower class animals are forced to give up their individuality and confirm to collectivism. Ultimately those who do try to hold onto their individuality are punished,” says Brown.  “People making personal choices, driven by their personal preferences, regardless of what the government does or how the government looks, that’s incredibly important to this play.”

He adds, “One of my mentors told me that every war that’s ever been fought has been about trying to exert sameness.  There’s never been a war fought promoting diversity.”

A cast of graduate and undergraduate actors will embody Manor Farm’s mostly non-human residents, who Brown says will be portrayed in a way that suggests “the human animal.”  

“There are some productions of Animal Farm in which actors are both costumed and attempt to imitate animals.  In others, actors remain human in their behavior and wear street clothes,” says Brown.  “I’m not interested in creating a literal animal.  What I’ve told the actors is to do animal studies as if they are playing human characters whose behavior is based on the animal they’re portraying.”

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