Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper ignites. With simple sets and uncomplicated staging, this powerful drama is about the inner struggle of Guy Montag, a fireman. Montag has worked as a civil servant for ten years burning books, but lately he has become increasingly unsure about what he is doing and about his vegetable-like existence. It is not until he meets 16-year-old Clarisse, who is filled with strange ideas, that he is led into a dangerous and highly combustible situation. Now he must choose between continuing his nonexistent existence and risking everything for the right to think.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code F35000
- Cast Size 24
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 110 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871293107
- "A great dramatic interpretation of a literary classic. This is a stunning and timely piece of drama, so relevant for our political climate. Our audiences were amazed!"
- Review by Jeff Ortmann, Beverly Theatre Guild, Oak Lawn, Ill.
- "An incredibly relevant and prophetic play adaptation of a classic novel. A challenging piece for any company."
- Review by David Longford, The Royal Company, Nottingham, England
- "Honors the book and the medium. Great for school groups."
- Review by Joe Angel Babb, The Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas
- "This is one of the great classical pieces of literature that is worth being on the stage till the end of theatrical time."
- Review by Hope deFrenes, Montgomery Theater, Souderton, Pa.
- "Our students, teachers and patrons were on the edge of their seats. This powerful play delivers a message that every community needs to hear: it is dangerous when a society stops thinking and growing and, most importantly, reading. It was a challenge, but worth it!"
- Review by Hillary Bower, Tri-School Theatre, Anaheim, Calif.
- "It was an excellent show. English classes read Fahrenheit 451 at our school. We did a discussion group on the Internet and I contacted Ray Bradbury to tell him about our show and all the things we did. The students were most excited to hear from him."
- Review by Bob Howell, Illinois Valley Central High School, Chillicothe, Ill.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Our production included some wonderful projections, imaginative set, costumes and futuristic sound design."
- Tip by Jeff Ortmann, Beverly Theatre Guild, Oak Lawn, Ill.
- "A must is a fire pole—we had one and it was most impressive. I used a JPEG from the Internet and, with projectors, had flames up both sides of the stage—very startling."
- Tip by Bob Howell, Illinois Valley Central High School, Chillicothe, Ill.