22
Aug

From the Alligator: George Orwell’s ‘1984’ coming to the Hippodrome

This story was originally published on the Alligator’s website.

By CHRISTINA MORALES

Starting Sept. 1, both the audience and Big Brother can watch George Orwell’s “1984” at the Hippodrome State Theatre.

The play is meant to create discussion between audience members, said Lauren Caldwell, the Hippodrome’s artistic director. The Hippodrome is partnering with UF School of Theatre and Dance for the production.

Previews begin Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 at 7 p.m., and the play runs from Sept. 1 to Sept. 24. Ticket prices range from $15 to $35, and are on sale at the Hippodrome box office and online.

The Hippodrome will also host panels for One City, One Story, a series of events related to the play. Panels will be held periodically from Aug. 24 to Sept. 18. Events will feature an Orwellian scholar, a fake news panel and conversations with the actors, Caldwell said.

Niall McGinty, the actor who plays the male lead, said the play doesn’t promote one political viewpoint but rather forces the audience to question their beliefs.

“When one person reads it, it’s kind of like a mirror, and you can kind of see your own viewpoints in it,” he said.

Caldwell said audience members should expect the play to tell Orwell’s story without a political slant. She said her job is to tell the story and let the audience decide what to take from it themselves.

“I’m not trying to tell the story from a left-wing or a right-wing point of view,” she said. “It’s a show about a warning, and some of those warnings have come true; some haven’t.”

Read the story on the Alligator’s website.

22
Aug

The Hippodrome kicks off its One City, One Story initiative with a community book club

By DANIELA ESTEVES

What if an entire community read the same book at the same time?  Well, we’re about to find out.

Join us for Drinks + Dystopia: A Hipp Book Club, where we will explore George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.” On Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m., the Gainesville community will gather in the Hipp Basement to ask critical and relevant questions about the importance of truth, unconformity and independence.

We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the Alachua County Library to feel a common connection to our neighbors at this free event.  Come drink wine and engage with your fellow book lovers on the value of community. Appetizers will be served, and there will be a full cash bar.     

The event is part of the Hippodrome’s community-wide read and conversation initiative, One City, One Story,  and will celebrate the upcoming co-production of “1984” on the Hipp Mainstage. Get your tickets at thehipp.org/1984tickets.

Visit our Special Events page for more information on other One City, One Story events.

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” ― George Orwell, “1984”

18
Aug

A Year with Frog and Toad

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD

Book & Lyrics by Willie Reale / Music by Robert Reale
Based on the children’s book series by Arnold Lobel
November 24 – December 17

A whimsical musical that tells the tale of two best friends: the easy-going Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad. The story follows Frog and Toad through four colorful seasons, along with their lively, quirky friends Snail, Turtle, the Birds, and more. This holiday season, audiences of all ages will delight in this Broadway hit which was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. “No matter what your age, you can’t help but fall in love with A Year with Frog and Toad. Like the cookies, it is a truly irresistible holiday treat for the whole family!” – DC Metro Theater Arts. “An absolutely delightful theater experience for kids of all ages.” – Nashville Parenting Magazine

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18
Aug

The Legend of Georgia McBride

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE

By Matthew Lopez
October 13 – November 5; previews October 11 & 12

How does a down-on- his-luck Elvis impersonator with an empty bank account and a pregnant wife become the most popular drag queen in the Florida Panhandle? The Legend of Georgia McBride is a show-stopping, hilariously extravagant comedy about discovering your true voice with music and glitter galore. A New York Times CRITICS PICK. “Stitch-in-your-side funny…full of sass and good spirits.” —The New York Times. “A genuine crowd-pleaser.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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18
Aug

Show your support of the arts: Stand with the Hipp

For 45 years, the Hippodrome has been steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, diversity and acceptance. Exploring our shared humanity and tackling tough questions through the arts has been at the core of our mission, and it has never been more important than now.

As Gainesville and UF move up in the ranks, the Hippodrome Theatre is moving right with them. We’ve expanded our independent cinema offerings, opened up more acting classes for kids and adults, and established our first permanent company of professional Equity actors.

Unfortunately, this year, the state legislature further slashed its allocation for cultural grants. In the current quarter, what would have been a $37,500 grant was reduced to $12,000. We need to close half of that gap by raising $12,750 in online support before our 45th anniversary season opens with “1984” on Sept. 1.

Recent shows like “Hamlet” and “Forever Plaid” have been hailed as among our best productions in years, and anticipation is growing for our co-production of “1984” with the UF School of Theatre + Dance.

Many hands make light work. Please pitch in what you can, share, and Stand with the Hipp!

STAND WITH THE HIPP
17
Aug

1984

The Hippodrome Theatre and the UF School of Theatre + Dance

“1984” hits the Hippodrome Mainstage on Sept. 1

1984 | A Southeast regional premeire

Discount Previews  | Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
Opening Night | Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
$10 Tuesday | Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352)375-4477 and thehipp.org.
The Hippodrome Theatre and the UF School of Theatre + Dance will partner to bring George Orwell’s dystopia to life this fall.
“1984,” written by George Orwell and adapted by Andrew White, makes its Southeast regional premiere on the Hippodrome Mainstage. The show runs Sept. 1 through Sept. 24, with previews on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31.
This theatrical adaption of Orwell’s literary masterpiece explores themes of erosion of privacy, destruction of identity and the role governments and media agencies have in shaping our lives. The story follows Winston, played by Hipp company member Niall McGinty, as he navigates a totalitarian world, where speech and thought are highly regulated.
The play unpacks the difference between truth and falsehood, a message that Hippodrome Artistic Director Lauren Warhol Caldwell said is relevant today.
“Orwell’s version of the future serves as a reminder to us: We need to be better,” she said. “This play dives straight into the dangers of restricting free speech and free press. When we reread ‘1984,’ we feel its message resonates with us more than ever. We’re excited to partner with UF to share this artistic journey with the Gainesville community.”
 
16
Aug

The Hippodrome to bring karaoke back in September

Come to the Hipp to belt out your favorite songs with us — we’re bringing karaoke back to the basement Sept. 22!

Have fun with your friends at the Hipp during this FREE event. If you’re fearless, you can head right up to belt out your favorite lyrics. And for everyone else, we’ll keep our bartender pouring drinks if you need a dose of liquid courage.

It’s time to mark your calendars, Gainesville. Our doors will be open at 8:30 p.m., and you can sing Madonna and Prince all the way until midnight.

 

10
Aug

The Hippodrome brings back its One City, One Story initiative

This fall, the Hippodrome is partnering with UF School of Theatre + Dance to bring to life George Orwell’s “1984.”

As a part of this theatrical adaptation, we are spearheading a community-wide read and conversation initiative called “One City, One Story,” which begs the question: “What if an entire community read the same book at the same time?”

Here’s what we think will happen: We’ll feel a common connection to our neighbors. We’ll ask ourselves important questions about the importance of truth, uncomformity and independence. We’ll be more willing to listen to others, and more open to starting conversations.

One City, One Story was first presented at the Hippodrome in 2002 in conjunction with our production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Fifteen years later, Gainesville’s One City, One Story project will bring the community together again through a variety events in late August and early September:

AUGUST

August 4, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: 1984 Observership Begins
Hippodrome Theatre
The Hippodrome Play Observership offers the opportunity for the public to go behind-the-scenes at a professional regional theatre and experience the creative process as the production team takes a play from page to stage. More information at http://thehipp.org/programs/adult-education/.

August 24, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Drinks + Dystopia: A Hipp Book Club
Hippodrome Basement
Come drink wine, meet your fellow book lovers and explore the classic novel “1984” in the Hippodrome Basement. In partnership with the Alachua County Library District. Full cash bar. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/107010649986186/.

August 25, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Auditions for Readings of “1984”
Hippodrome Theatre
Join the Hippodrome team and audition to participate in readings of “1984” throughout our community in the month of September. Looking for seniors and high school students.

August 30, 5:30 p.m.: Community Reading of 1984 – Stars on the Steps
Hippodrome Porch
Join your fellow citizens on the steps of the Hippodrome to read from the novel “1984.”

**September event days/times to follow.**

ABOUT THE BOOK: “1984” garnered media interest after skyrocketing to the no.1 spot on Amazon’s bestsellers list in mid-January of this year. The following week, it clinched the top slot on USA Today’s bestsellers list, marking a rare occasion of sorts – only two other classic novels have ever been no.1 since the list began in 1993.

One City, One Story demonstrates the value of community, and we hope you will join us in celebrating ours.

8
Aug

The Hippodrome and UF School of Theatre + Dance present “1984”

1984 | A Southeast regional premeire

Discount Previews  | Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
Opening Night | Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
$10 Tuesday | Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352)375-4477 and thehipp.org.
The Hippodrome Theatre and the UF School of Theatre + Dance will partner to bring George Orwell’s dystopia to life this fall.
“1984,” written by George Orwell and adapted by Andrew White, makes its Southeast regional premiere on the Hippodrome Mainstage. The show runs Sept. 1 through Sept. 24, with previews on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31.
This theatrical adaption of Orwell’s literary masterpiece explores themes of erosion of privacy, destruction of identity and the role governments and media agencies have in shaping our lives. The story follows Winston, played by Hipp company member Niall McGinty, as he navigates a totalitarian world, where speech and thought are highly regulated.
The play unpacks the difference between truth and falsehood, a message that Hippodrome Artistic Director Lauren Warhol Caldwell said is relevant today.
“Orwell’s version of the future serves as a reminder to us: We need to be better,” she said. “This play dives straight into the dangers of restricting free speech and free press. When we reread ‘1984,’ we feel its message resonates with us more than ever. We’re excited to partner with UF to share this artistic journey with the Gainesville community.”
26
Jul

“The B-Side” comes to the Hipp Cinema

By DANIELA ESTEVES

Elsa Dorfman took selfies before selfies were cool. She also used a Polaroid camera before hipsters were a thing.

This week, the Hipp Cinema will be screening “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography.” This film, directed by Errol Morris, gives viewers an inside look into a lost art form: portraits. Using the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera, Dorfman captured heartwarming memories.

For 35 years, Dorfman photographed people from all paths of life: families, rockstars, literary geniuses and even herself, sometimes in the nude. (Yup, you read that right.) With Polaroid’s decision to discontinue its 20×24 film in 2017, Dorfman’s work is more relevant than ever.

“Photographs will never again look like this,” she notes.

Dorfman takes Morris deep into her backyard archive, uncovering photographs she hasn’t seen in years. Though pictures fade, Dorfman’s passion for her art does not.

“You can almost sense Morris smiling off-camera as she pulls each exposure from her file drawers for reminiscing and newfound scrutiny – that’s how strong and warm his admiration is for Dorfman and the humble richness of her work.” – Robert Abele,  Los Angeles Times

Dorfman’s charming and funny personality will have you wishing she was your grandmother. And yeah, she’d probably bother you for pictures even more than your own grandma does.

Get your tickets to this feel-good documentary by calling (352)375-4477 or visiting thehipp.org/event/the-b-side-elsa-dorfmans-portrait-photography.