If you go
What: "Animal Farm"
When: 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Oct. 25-27
Where: Capitol Center Theater
Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Election year seemed like the perfect time to revisit a satirical story written by George Orwell in 1945.
Director Frieda Forsley with the Charleston Stage Co. says Ian Woolridge's stage adaptation of "Animal Farm" sticks closely to Orwell's original and rings true in the world of modern politics.
"It's ridiculous — it could have been written today," she said.
Told as though it were a children's bedtime story, the play takes place on a farm, where animals, led by a group of pigs, are about to rise up against the oppressive humans who surround them.
Of course, in rising up, the pigs create their own problems — power struggles ensue, leaders are created, and the new leaders become oppressive.
"It's a circular thing," Forsley said. When Orwell wrote his novella, he intended it as a satire on Joseph Stalin and his actions leading to World War II.