My favorite year: 1984
In January, George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 became a bestseller, with 75,000 new copies of the 1949 classic ordered for print by its publisher, Penguin Group, to fulfill sudden demand. If you have not been able to get your hands on a copy, you’re in luck, because the Santa Fe Playhouse (142 E. DeVargas St., 505-988-4262) presents a stage version of the story, adapted in 1963 by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr., and William A. Miles Jr., from Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. In the novel’s imagined totalitarian regime, objective truth has ceased to exist, language has been reduced to a finite number of words, and history is being rewritten to support the goals of those in power — but there are stirrings of resistance from within the ranks. Additional performances of 1984 are 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, through April 16. Tickets are $25, with discounts available (Saturday, April 1, opening-night event 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. curtain, $30); visit www.santafeplayhouse.org. — J.L.