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



Assistant Director: Logan Starnes

Fight Choreographer: Jonathan Cole *^

Intimacy Choreographer: Amanda K Cole *

Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Costume Designer: Sarah Gahagan ^

Composer & Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega #^

Projection Designer: Alan Cline

Wig Designer: Diane Trapp

Video Director: Shawn Lee

Assistant Sound Designer: Jake Newcomb

Assistant Costume Designer: Alex Pletcher

Properties Master: Laura Savage

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Dramaturg: Pancho Savery

PAC - LORT LAB : Alicia Hueni

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Production Assistant: Megan Thorpe

Production Assistant: Erin MacGillivray

Youth Coordinator: Haley Hanson

Board Op: Bryan Ringsted

Live Sound Op: Dave Petersen

Costume/Wardrobe Head: Alana Wight-Yedinak

Wig Maintenance: Jael Green

+ 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

Production Media



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. $35 tickets + a glass of Lagunitas Beer. Featuring the musical storytelling event with NOSILA after the 1984 performance, starting at 10pm. (Tickets just for the Nosila performance are $10 and can be purchased HERE.)

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: September 7 at 7:00pm

Our partnership with Hollywood Theatre presents films in conjunction with our season. This month, see Brazil.

STAGED READING: September 30 at 7:30pm

Join us for a free and open to the public reading of The Investigation: A Search for Truth in Ten Acts by Robert Schenkkan based on The Investigation into the Russian Interference in the 2016 Election by Robert Mueller 

Directed by Resident Artist JoAnn Johnson and featuring Don Alder as Donald Trump plus a cadre of faces you know and love including Artistic Director, Dámaso Rodríguez. 

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.

CONTENT WARNING: This production contains graphic violence and sexual content, and has the potential for sensory overload. If you have any questions or specific concerns, please contact the box office at 503.241.1278. Educators, contact education@artistsrep.org for content questions. 


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.