Great Performances presents ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Nov. 1

Aquila Theatre Company will present Fahrenheit 451, a stage production of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian tale, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium as part of the Great Performances at Vanderbilt series.

The year 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of Bradbury’s visionary parable about a society gone awry, where literature and knowledge are at the edge of extinction. Considered a work of science fiction when it was first published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 deals with issues of censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained—issues that continue to resonate today. Aquila Theatre’s production is under the direction of Artistic Director Peter Meineck.

Aquila Theatre Company’s visit is being made possible by generous support from the Fred Coe Residency Fund of the Vanderbilt Department of Theatre.

Vanderbilt students and staff can receive discounted tickets with deep subscription savings at the Sarratt Student Center box office. Tickets for non-Vanderbilt students are $10 each with ID at Ticketmaster outlets, and at the Sarratt box office. Single tickets, from $30 to $40 each, are available at Call (615) 322-4230 for more information.

Upcoming Great Performances offerings include jazz phenomenon Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human on Jan. 26, 2014. Batiste has performed in more than 40 countries and collaborated with Harry Connick Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Cassandra Wilson and Prince, in addition to playing the lead role in Spike Lee’s latest film Red Hook Summer. Visit the Great Performances website for more details.

Contact:  Bridgette Kohnhorst, (615) 322-2471