Political Environment Drives Attention (And Adaptations) Of A Classic

Ben Jones, 1984 (winning entry for the 50 Watts’ Polish Book Cover Contest)
Ben Jones' "1984" winning entry for the 50 Watts' Polish Book Cover Contest Will/Flickr
Ben Jones, 1984 (winning entry for the 50 Watts’ Polish Book Cover Contest)
Ben Jones' "1984" winning entry for the 50 Watts' Polish Book Cover Contest Will/Flickr

Political Environment Drives Attention (And Adaptations) Of A Classic

Nearly seven decades after it was published, 1984 shot to the top Amazon’s “Best Seller List” in January. The theme of George Orwell’s classic was referenced frequently as the Trump Administration stepped into the White House. For those who didn’t read the book in high school, Orwell presents a dystopian world with individual rights stripped, and constant oversight by the government. For those who don’t want to read 1984 , a local theater company is staging it now. We talk to the play’s director, Robert Tobin, about why he chose to resurrect it now and what the response has been.