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Experience This Ray Bradbury Classic on Stage

Imagine a world where everything is sped up, where bill boards are five times bigger than ours because the speed limit is so high, where everything you see from a car is a blur, where pedestrians don’t exist. A future populated by non-readers and non-thinkers, people with no sense of their history, where a totalitarian government has banned the written word. This is more than just a story of dictatorial censorship, it is a story that also draws parallels between entertainment and addiction, between individual avoidance of thinking and governmental means of thought prevention.

Set in the future, Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag, a thirty-year-old-fireman whose job is to set fires, not put them out. He and his colleagues burn books, which are now considered contraband. At the outset, Montag takes pleasure in his work and thinks himself a happy man. Soon, however, he begins to question the value of his profession and, in turn, his life. He develops a friendship with his seventeen-year-old neighbor, Clarisse McClellan. Her humanist philosophy and inquisitive nature prompt Montag to examine himself. He sees that he is unhappy with his wife, Mildred, who is unwilling to deal with reality and immerses herself in an addiction to both tranquilizers and the virtual world provided by her television and radio. He is unfulfilled by his work as a book burner, and begins to wonder why books inspire such passion that a woman is willing to burn herself along with her books rather than live without them. He is disgusted with himself and those around him for embracing the façade of life rather than examining what underlies it. Through it all, Montag seeks guidance from Professor Faber, a scholar who tries to keep the contents of important books in his head. Faber’s counsel exposes Montag’s internal struggle and brings to light his disdain for the ignorance of society. How, now, will he react to a crisis when the alarm brings his fellow firemen to his own home. Montag awaits the birth of a new society, a free society, where truth and knowledge are again respected.

At The Royale at City Place Apartments in Overland Park, Kansas, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the upcoming events our beautiful community has to offer. Don’t hesitate to join this event on Saturday!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, April 1, 2017—7:30 PM

Event Venue Location:
The White Theatre at the J
5801 West 115th Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66211

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