Olivia Wilde's Play '1984' Is Making Audiences Faint And Vomit

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 26, 2017

There have been reports of audience members fainting and throwing up in the theater.

The play - an adaptation of the George Orwell novel, set in a world where an invasive government named Big Brother keeps a watchful eye on its citizens- includes strobe lights and jackhammer sound effects to assist in extreme scenes of torture.

In fact, Wilde hopes that 1984 will make audiences consider the current political climate.

'I'm not surprised, since this experience is unique, bold and immersive, ' Wilde began.

'It allows you to empathize in a visceral way, and that means making the audience physically and emotionally uncomfortable'. The preview shows alone gave her a broken tailbone, split lip and fractured rib.

And the play's stars Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge cut casual figures as they stepped out on the streets of New York City on Sunday. "We can sanitize that and make people feel comforted, or we can simply present it without commentary and allow it to speak for itself".

"You can stay and watch or you can leave - that's a perfectly fine reaction to watching someone be tortured", Icke said.

Added Robert: '.But if this show is the most upsetting part of anyone's day, they're not reading the news headlines.

During the show, 31-year-old actor Tom Sturridge, who plays Winston Smith, is electrocuted. "Things are much worse than a piece of theater getting under your skin a little bit".

To manage the range of reactions, security guards are positioned throughout the entire Hudson Theatre for the duration of the limited engagement, which plays through October 8.

No one under 13 is allowed inside the theater after there were some children in attendance at early performances.

Actor Reed Birney, who plays a torturer in 1984, told THR he has yelled back at audience members who have stood up out of the seats to try and plead with him to stop the torture.

"It wasn't until we got in front of an audience, when I saw and heard people responding, that I was suddenly aware of how powerful it was", he told The Hollywood Reporter.

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