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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 (tickets on sale 9/23)
One of the most revered novels of the twentieth century, Fahrenheit 451, is Ray Bradbury’s dystopian tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction. Considered a work of science fiction when first published, Fahrenheit 451 has been debated for decades – issues of censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained – continue to be very real concerns today.The main character, Guy Montag, is a fireman with the frightful, but routine job of starting fires to destroy books and the houses that contain them. When his eccentric, young neighbor, Clarisse, forces Guy to confront the emptiness of his life, he begins to question his job and the oppressive society in which he lives. Written in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 has been reprinted dozens of times since its initial publication and has achieved the rare distinction of being both a literary classic and a perennial bestseller. It was adapted for the stage by Ray Bradbury and in 1966, Fahrenheit 451 was directed by Francois Truffaunt for the screen.
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