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Fahrenheit 451
By Ray Bradbury

Tobias Andersen and Robert O'Reilly

Director Terrence Shank and Playwright Ray Bradbury viewing a model of the set 

Produced and Directed by
Set Design
Lighting and Sound Design
Projection Art
Costume Design
Audio/Visual Effects engineered by
assisted by
Projection Effects
Production Stage Manager

Terrence Shank
Gene Mazzanti
Terrence Shank
Michael Minor
Patrick Duffy Whitbeck and Conrad Wolff
Steven Barker
Sandy Cupples
Audio Visual Laboratories
Michael Wadler

CAST (in order of appearance):

Guy Montag
Captain Beatty
Paramedic #1
Paramedic #2
Mrs. Hudson
Professor Faber
Emily Bronte
Edmund Rostand
Antoine de St. Exupery
Oscar Wilde
Lillian Hellman
Lewis Carroll
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert O’Reilly
Bradley Della Valle
Dennis Sullivan
Tobias Anderson
Kathleen Coyne
Sharon Schlaerth
James Horan
Scott Feraco
Ivy Bethune
Stuart Lancaster
Sharon Berryhill
Barbara Beckley
Robert Ackerman
Scott Dupree
Denise Damico
Theresa Bailey
Arnie Shamblin
Nelson Ackerman
Thomas Van Buren
Greg Probst 
James McGee
Alma Carey
Maggie Bodek
Joseph Barone
Philip Cary Jones
Judy Bohannon, Denise Damico, Greg Probst, Toni Sawyer, Madonna Young

Time: The Future

Revising the Flames, Rewriting the Fires
a note by
Ray Bradbury

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.