Written by George Orwell
Adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E Hall, Jr , and William A Miles
Directed by Richard Keitel
March 3 – 12, 2017
Justin Fortunato (Winston Smith)
Justin Fortunato has worked extensively as an actor and director for companies in and around Pittsburgh, including The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, PICT Classic Theatre, The Playhouse REP, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Prime Stage Theatre, Dreamcatcher Theatre and St. Vincent Summer Theatre. He is currently is the Artistic Producing Director of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. He obtained his BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University and is a proud member of Actors' Equity. Thank you to Rich and the entire team for the opportunity!
Brian Ceponis (O'Brien)
Brian Ceponis graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and then took an indirect route to his acting career, initially spending the better part of a decade both working in the financial services industry and playing professional volleyball throughout Europe. It was during this time that he also launched a fledgling acting career, landing lead roles in several local theatrical productions including Our American Cousin, Hedda Gabler, and Down the Road. After retiring from professional volleyball in 2004, Brian moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time wherein he spent 11 years working in film and television. In 2016, Brian returned to the Pittsburgh stage with the iconic role of Atticus Finch in Prime Stage’s recent production of To Kill a Mockingbird. He is thrilled to take on the role of O’Brien in Prime Stage’s second production of their 20th Anniversary Season, 1984.
Jessie Wray Goodman (Julia)
Jessie is excited to be making her debut with Prime Stage. In New York, Jesse has performed in Locked (Metropolitan Playhouse), Our Country’s Good, Can Cause Death, and Shmendricked (VoiceTheatre). Regionally, she has performed in Julius Caesar, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Censor (Throughline Theatre Company), The Importance of Being Earnest, The Tempest, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Richard II (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company), as well as northeast southwest (Beautiful Cadaver Project/Pittsburgh Fringe Festival), Titus Andronicus, and The Sisters (Cup-a- Jo Productions). Jessie is a current member of Pittsburgh Playback Theatre. She has a BFA in Acting from Shenandoah Conservatory. Check out Jessie next in Prime Stage’s production of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Michael Lane Sullivan (Syme)
Michael is honored to be making his Prime Stage debut in 1984. Michael is a graduate of RMU class '13 and has since been cast in several stage productions and independent films. You may have seen him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Martini) with Barebones Productions; Guys and Dolls, and Othello with Pittsburgh Public Theater; Spring Awakening (Georg), Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon) and A Lyrical Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit) with Pittsburgh Musical Theater; and Man of La Mancha (Barber) with Company of Pittsburgh. Michael thanks Richard Keitel and Wayne Brinda for this incredible opportunity. Michael also thanks his family and friends, " I wouldn't be anywhere today without all the love and support I have from all of you.
Samantha A Camp (Parsons)
Samantha was most recently seen on the Hazlett stage as Jean Louise in To Kill A Mockingbird with Prime Stage. Her other credits since returning to Pittsburgh after 11 years on the Other Coast include: Tamora in Cup-a-Jo’s production of Titus Andronicus, Joy in The Tin Woman and Lotty in Enchanted April. Next up, she will be in the staged reading of Still, Birth written by Coley Company and Robyne Parrish directed by Robyne Parrish at Off-The-Wall. She was twice named Best Actress in a Drama by the Tacoma News-Tribune (for Artie in Eleemosynary and Tamora in Titus Andronicus). 1984 is her 152st show as an actress (and counting). Check out www.samanthacamp.net or become her fan on Facebook. In real life, Samantha is a Soap Goddess at Pip & Lola's Everything Homemade. Thanks, as always, to The Bruce for pomegranates.
Tracey D. Turner (Land Lady)
Tracey a member of SAG/AFTRA, an award winning Actress and Director, and a Carnegie-Mellon University alumnus has many stage, film, and television credits. A few of her stage credits include Miss. Emma Glenn in A Lesson Before Dying, Mrs. Hudson in Fahrenheit 451 for Prime Stage Theater, Mrs. Dietz in STRATA for Bricolage, Prospero in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (best actress award in Pittsburgh), and Peggy Clark in Blue for New Horizon Theater. Film credits include The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel, Wonder Boys as the Black Poet, Boys on the Side starring Whoopi Goldberg, and Within the Dark starring Michelle Hurd. Television credits include Host of The 5 Star Ethnic Show and FYI for Comcast Cable and promo commercial for WPXI. As Artistic Director for the theater company “I Dream A World, Inc’, Ms. Turner toured and performed in every State Correctional Institute in Pennsylvania. Ms. Turner is looking forward to her directorial debut with UHIMWE’s staged reading of For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Homocide When the Streets Were Too Much here at AWC on July 25th. She is the proud Mother of two beautiful daughters, Micah-Shai and Moriah.
Megan Grocutt (Waitress/Messenger)
Megan is happy to be back on stage in Pittsburgh, having spent the last decade in NYC and LA. Point Park Alumna. She is represented by Docherty Talent.
Adrianne Knapp (Coffee Vendor/Gladys)
Adrianne is excited to be returning to Prime Stage in this timeless and relevant piece 1984. Past Prime Stage credits include The Crucible and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Other recent Pittsburgh credits include Prometheus Bound: A Puppet Tragedy, Sister Act, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Playboy of the Western World. Adrianne is a Graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory for the Performing Arts earning a BFA in Theatre Arts, Class of 2016. Adrianne would like to thank Rich for giving her this amazing opportunity to tell such an important story. She’d also like to thank and her family and friends for their continued support. Instagram: @aknappster.
Tal Kroser (Second Guard)
Tal is a Pittsburgh native and recent graduate of Point Park University with a BFA in Acting. Some of his favorite roles there include Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, Vic in Our Lady of 121st Street, and Black Fox in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He is excited to be working with Prime Stage on such an important piece of theatre and hopes the powerful themes and ideas from the show will be heard and taken to heart by the community.
Michael Barnett (First Guard)
Michael is enjoying his theatrical debut with the Prime Stage and can soon be seen in the role of Thomas in the web series Life: A Comedy. He became enamored with acting at Penn State University finally began to pursue his passion last year. Passion without refinement can be a disaster, but with the help of gifted teachers like Missy Moreno, Daina Griffith, Randy Kovitz, and Valerie Gasior, he found direction and purpose. When not trying to find the perfect line read, he can be found hunched over a computer reading opinions or trying to deadlift a small truck.
John Feightner (Loudspeaker Voice)
This is John's 6th production with Prime Stage, last seen in The Importance of Being Earnest and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 2014. Since then he's worked on a number of other shows including Detroit for 12 Peers Theater, Medea for Throughline Theatre, and Serpentine for Uncumber Theaterics. He's usually seen making silly jokes ever month down at Arcade Comedy Theater with their house team Warp Zone and the D&D inspired Knights of the Arcade. John will be at the New Hazlett again in May for Prime Stage's The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Harrison Buzzatto (Big Brother's Voice)
Harrison, a recent grad of Point Park University is back! After a brief stint up north Harrison has returned home to his Pittsburgh roots to pursue acting once again. He is so thrilled that his first production could be with Rich Keitel, his mentor and favorite professor from Point Park. He would like to thank Rich for the opportunity to be heard, Tony Moux for being an amazing person, as well as his great parents, his great GREAT parents.
Richard Rauh (Goldstein's Voice )
Richard has been an actor since 1996, as well as worked as a drama reviewer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1995 to 1999. His acting work has included roles in Krapp's Lost Tape, Proof, Little Shop of Horror, A Thousand Clowns, Laughing Wild, Of Thee I Sing, Last Night at Ballyhoo, Last Night of the Red Hot Lovers, and Send Me No Flowers. He has worked in various theaters in the region, including the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Little Lake Theater, Chatham Alumni Theater, City Theater, and Heinz Hall. In addition to theater, Rauh has done both film and voice-over work. Some of his notable film work has included roles in the Hollywood productions Inspector Gadget starring Matthew Broderick and Passed Away starring Bob Hoskins. He has made several television commercials as well, including one for Ford featuring Jerome Bettis, and one for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rauh also started and ran the Playhouse Film Festival from 1979 to 1994.