By Ray Bradbury
Tobias Andersen and Robert
Director Terrence Shank
and Playwright Ray Bradbury viewing a model of the set
Produced and Directed by
Lighting and Sound Design
Audio/Visual Effects engineered
Production Stage Manager
Patrick Duffy Whitbeck and
Audio Visual Laboratories
CAST (in order of appearance):
Antoine de St. Exupery
Robert Louis Stevenson
Bradley Della Valle
Thomas Van Buren
Philip Cary Jones
Judy Bohannon, Denise Damico,
Greg Probst, Toni Sawyer, Madonna Young
Time: The Future
Revising the Flames, Rewriting
a note by
Back in 1950 I wrote
a short novel THE FIREMAN in some 25,000 words, all written on a dime-each-half-hour
pay typewriter located in the basement of the UCLA Library. I revised and
added some 25,000 words more, working in the same library, in the summer
of 1953. With its new title FARENHEIT 451, the book was published in October,
1953. The book’s genesis? Hanging around the Waukegan Fire House in northen
Illinois when I was a boy, thinking about fireproof houses later on when
I was a young man.
Now, twenty-six years after
the novel’s publication, and thirteen years after Francois Truffaut’s evocative
film, I called all of my characters together inside my head one night and
said to them:
What’s new? What’s
happened to all of you in the past years? In what secret ways have you
grown? What can you tell me that you didn’t tell back in 1950 and 1953?
We have all grown old together, the dreamer and the dreamed. Step forward
now, and within the framework of the novel as it was, dare to tell me some
new things about your most secret thoughts, both frightening and beautiful.
One of my characters
stepped forward and spoke. I listened and wrote. The result, 8 weeks later,
was the play which will now be performed.
Where did I find the title?
I called the Los Angeles Fire Chief and asked the temperature at which
book-paper caught fire and burned. His answer? FARENHEIT 451.