Based on François Truffaut’s stage adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel
Ever since he established himself as artistic co-director of Amore Theatre several years ago to his current tenure as director of Porta Theatre, Thomas Moschopoulos remains one of the most formidable Greek directors of his generation. Having directed numerous Greek actors over the years, Moschopoulos has several plays, operas and children’s theatre productions under his belt. Following last year’s brilliant stage adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial, this year Moschopoulos presents Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, as adapted by François Truffaut who also adapted the novel for the big screen. The play is set in a dystopian totalitarian regime, where books are routinely destroyed. From pursuer of the dissidents the main hero becomes a dissident himself after experiencing the clandestine world of books. How can he break through the nightmarish face of totalitarianism? Is it possible that by claiming the right to ‘personal reading’ he can break the system?
In 1953, a few years into the McCarthy era, one of the most remarkable dystopian novels of the 20th century is published: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The title refers to the temperature at which paper begins to burn. The practice of ‘book burning’ has long been associated, historically and symbolically, with the persecution of free thought and free speech. The premise is simple: In a future society, “firemen” serve as a national security force, locating and burning any surviving books, usually stashed by dissidents who refuse to adhere to the belief that books are pointless and even harmful. The main character is a distinguished officer of this force. However, after coming in contact with the ‘secret world of books,’ he grows fascinated with it. Gradually, he realizes that, beneath this façade of virtual reality, in which his fellow citizens lead seemingly numb lives, a clandestine network of dissidents exists. His curiosity is stirred up and it is just a matter of time before he becomes a dissident himself. In 1966, François Truffaut adapted the novel for the stage. In 1979, Bradbury reworked the novel into a play, making significant revisions and creating an exciting new play; a polyphonic story, it remains unnervingly relevant to our times, over 50 years after the film version's release.
Translation - direction: Thomas Moschopoulos
Set design: Evangelia Therianou
Costume design: Claire Bracewell
Music: Kornilios Selamsis
Lighting design: Sofia Alexiadou
Assistant director: Romanos Maroudis
Cast: Alexandros Logothetis, Anna Mascha, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Dimitra Matsouka, Kitty Paitazoglou, Manos Galanis, Thanos Lekkas
Co-production with Porta Theatre
Part of Athens - UNESCO World Book Capital 2018. Supported by Athens Culture Net, founding donor: Stavros Niarchos Foundation