by George Orwell
a new play by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

September 7, 2019 – October 6, 2019

Imago Theatre

Always under the watchful eye of Big Brother, Winston has nowhere to turn and no one to trust as anyone or anything could be running surveillance on behalf of the government. The Thought Police monitor society and dole out nightmarish punishments on behalf of the authoritarian Party, who propagandize ‘Ignorance is Strength’. Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 is an intense theatrical reflection of how far technology and falsifying reality has come. 


Awards for Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play (People, Places & Things): Duncan Macmillian

2016 Laurence Olivier Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director (Oresteia): Robert Icke

2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show (Every Brilliant Thing): Duncan Macmillian

2012 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play (Lungs): Duncan Macmillian


“astonishing, riveting, and almost literally shocking”
– Steven Suskin, The Huffington Post

Imago Theatre

17 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

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Cast and Production Team


Chris Harder +^

Winston Smith

Claire Rigsby ±


Allen Nause +


Michael Mendelson +*^


Ken Yoshikawa ±


Jeb Berrier +


Sara Hennessy +

Mrs. Parsons

Layla Foster



Dámaso Rodríguez *


Robert Icke


Duncan Macmillan



Fight Choreographer: Jonathan Cole *

Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Costume Designer: Sarah Gahagan

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Composer & Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega ^

Video Director: Shawn Lee +

Projection Designer: Alan Cline

Properties Master: Laura Savage

Intimacy Consultant: Amanda K Cole

Assistant Director: Logan Starnes

Assistant Sound Designer: Jake Newcomb

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Production Assistant: Megan Thorpe

Production Assistant: Erin MacGillivray

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Preview Week

Sept 7 & 8: Saturday and Sunday Pay-What-You-Will tickets
Sept 10: Ten Buck Tuesday. Tickets are only $10!
Sept 11: Techie Wine Down Wednesday. $30 tickets + a glass of Dark Horse wine
Sept 12: Vortex Music Magazine presents Thirsty Thursday. $30 tickets + a pint of Lagunitas Beer

Special Events

Tech Talk: Sept 4

Post-Matinee Talkbacks: September 15, 22, 29

Oregon Psychoanalytic Center Post-Matinee Talkback: October 6

Hollywood Theatre: STAGE meet SCREEN 

Saturday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m.: Our partnership with Hollywood Theatre presents films in conjunction with our season. This month we're presenting Brazil.

More Info

Open Captioning 5 Open Captioned Matinee: October 5 at 2pm

handicapped2 Wheelchair seating: Call the box office at 503.241.1278 to reserve.


Prep for 1984 with this book and movie list from the Multnomah County Library.

Take a deep dive into the play with our STUDY GUIDE.