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Orwell in America

Joe Sutton
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In the first years after World War II the author of Animal Farm is chaperoned during an American book tour by a fetching young woman, whose job is to dissuade Orwell from telling Americans why he is a proud socialist.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male, 1 male bit part)
Full Length Drama (about 105 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Mr. Sutton has created an intriguing scenario, with proficient dialogue.” —Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times

“Brilliant … Orwell’s discomfort, loneliness, humor and passion are all developed before us in language that is very much the author’s. It is lively as well as precise. ” —Susan Hall, Berkshire Fine Arts

“The premise of a young person accompanying an author of great esteem on a heart-of-America book tour recalls the recent David Foster Wallace movie The End of the Tour, and there is indeed something action-oriented about this production, which skips energetically among hotels and cities and speaking arenas. ‘Time and place are dealt with rather cinematically,’ Sutton said of the play, in an interview … Take the trip with him.” —The Village Voice

“Mr. Sutton has obviously researched Orwell and his times and has skillfully woven all of the pertinent facts into his well-crafted dialogue. Sutton depicts Orwell accurately to anyone who has read about him … [a] very enjoyable biographical fantasia.” —

About the Author


  • Joe Sutton

    Joe Sutton's plays include VOIR DIRE (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the Best Play Award of the American Theatre Critics Association), AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, THE WINNER, THE THIRD ARMY, and RESTORING THE SUN. Joe co-wrote THE PREDATOR'S BALL with Karole Armitage, and saw the piece premiere in Florence, Italy before enjoying a run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Other theatres producing Joe's plays include New York Theater Workshop, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, the Cleveland Play House, and the Old Globe in San Diego. After Hurricane Katrina, Joe initiated THE BREACH, a New Orleans-centered theatre piece co-written with Catherine Filloux and Tarell Alvin McCraney which premiered at New Orleans' Southern Rep before going on to play at Seattle Rep. More recently, Joe's play COMPLICIT opened at London's Old Vic with Artistic Director Kevin Spacey directing. Joe has also recently been developing a pilot of USA television called Scales of Justice, about an overweight detective in post-Katrina New Orleans. Joe is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them fellowships from NYFA, the NEA, and NJ Arts. When not in rehearsal, Joe teaches playwriting at Dartmouth College. There he lives with his wife Anne and their son Nicholas.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/26/2017
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881457070

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

The World Premiere of ORWELL IN AMERICA was produced by Northern Stage
Directed by Peter Hackett, Carol Dunne, Artistic Director

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Orwell in America is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC