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Fahrenheit 451
By Ray Bradbury
Nov. 14–18
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper ignites. Ray Bradbury’s classic drama is about the inner struggle of Guy Montag, a fireman. Montag has worked as a civil servant for ten years burning books, in a society that views reading as a threat to peace. But Montag becomes increasingly unsure about what he is doing and about his vegetable-like existence. It is not until he meets 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. A timely and suspenseful journey, Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian tale about the importance of reading and thinking for oneself.

“ ‘We did it to ourselves. We demanded a world like this.’ Did we? Are we? Look how eerily relevant this premise is, Fahrenheit 451blares. With its conception of an America where knowledge and education are threats rather than assets and where the news networks constantly blast inescapable paranoia-stoking crime reports and patriotic soundbites - could this be more now? -The Atlantic