George Orwell's son honors Prime Stage on '1984' opening night
March 4, 2017 11:44 PM
Wayne Brinda (front left), Prime Stage Theatre's producing artistic director, accepts a plaque from Richard Blair (center), son of "1984" novelist George Orwell, after the company's theatrical production of "1984," directed by Richard Keitel (front right). Cast members include Brian Ceponis as O'Brien (far left), Justin Fortunato as Winston Smith and Jessie Wray Goodman as Julie (right).
A plaque containing a piece of the roof from the house where George Orwell wrote the dystopian novel "1984" was given to Prime Stage Theatre, which opened its 20th season with play adaptation of "1984" Saturday at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.
From left, Richard Blair, son of George Orwell (the pen name used by Eric Arthur Blair), John Fries of Fries Communications and Wayne Brinda, producing artistic director of Prime Stage Theatre, after the company's production of "1984" Saturday at the New Hazlett Theater.
By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After a stirring opening-night performance of “1984,” before the audience could catch its breath, Prime Stage Theatre’s producing artistic director Wayne Brinda introduced a special guest. Richard Blair, the son of Eric Arthur Blair, a k a George Orwell, was watching.
Mr. Blair, who earlier Saturday held a packed discussion and book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Cranberry, joined the cast and director Richard Keitel onstage at the New Hazlett Theater for a presentation of his own. He unveiled a plaque with a piece of slate from the roof of the house in Scotland, where Mr. Orwell wrote the dystopian novel “1984,” a double-plus honor for Prime Stage, which is celebrating its 20th season as Pittsburgh’s literary theater company.
Since 2008, Mr. Blair has devoted his time as a patron to the Orwell Society and serves as a trustee to the Orwell Awards and Orwell Youth Prize main committee. George Orwell died in 1950 at age 46, leaving an enduring literary legacy that includes “Animal Farm” and “1984,” which was published in 1949 and recently topped Amazon’s best-seller list.
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