Author: Ray Bradbury
Adaptation and Direction: Wynn Handman
Literature to Life brings Ray Bradbury’s terrifyingly recognizable vision of the future to the stage for audiences of all ages. Guy Montag, is a fireman in a not-so distant future. Except instead of putting out fires, he starts them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s vision of a world, awash in information, but lacking critical thought offers audiences of all ages a sobering look at our world, while offering hope for a better future.
“I think that what you [Literature to Life] are doing is very important because it is two things at the center of my life: the library and the theatre. You’re combining them…”
– Ray Bradbury
This classic American novel presents a frightening vision of the future: where fireman don’t put out fires – they start them in order to burn books. One night while returning from work, Fireman Guy Montag meets his new neighbor: a teenage girl whose free-thinking ideals and liberating spirit cause him to question his life and his own perceived happiness.
This Literature to Life award winner was adapted for the stage and helped to launch the company’s national literacy effort, Project 451. The show features sixty minutes of performance spanning the full breadth of this beloved American science fiction novel. In performance the actor tells the story from the perspective of the protagonist, Montag, and seamlessly transitions between the five other primary characters.
Suggested Ages: 11 and up