Brave New World by Matthew Thomas Walker
In a world where truth is drowned in a sea of irrelevance, Lenina searches for meaning. In an era of unrestricted impulses, Bernard experiments with restraining his desire.
In a society of infinite distractions, John uncovers what it means to be human.
Experience a new Canadian adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic. Brave New World is known for its iconic contributions to culture, such as the euphoric drug SOMA, the conveyor-belts full of human embryos, the predetermination and sleep-teaching techniques, and the infamously promiscuous culture. Walker’s adaptation brings Huxley’s sprawling novel to the stage with an ear to the trappings of our contemporary consumerist, pleasure driven society. Was Huxley right to fear the future, or have we progressed?
Keywords: Dystopian, Huxley, Soma, Litmus, Classic, Novel, Pleasure, Satire, Future
Year Printed: 2017
First Produced: Theatre Passe Muraille, September 27 - October 16, 2016
Running TIme: 185 minutes
Male Cast: 11
Female Cast: 8
Brave New World can be performed with as little as 8 actors, though there is certainly room to employ more. In the original Litmus production, Mustapha was cast as a woman, which is reflected in this script. The character is a man in Huxley's Novel. There is room to experiment with gender swapping among several of the other roles as well. I encourage each production to consider the balance of gender as they see fit.