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George Orwell's son says his father's '1984' was 'prescient'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/22/2017 By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
This image released by DKC/O&M shows the cast of Broadway's "1984," based on George Orwell's book, at the Hudson Theatre in New York. Richard Blair, whose father finished the book in 1949 when he was a young boy, was in New York on Thursday to cheer on the cast amid a huge jump in interest of his father’s nightmarish vision of the future. (Julieta Cervantes/DKC/O&M via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by DKC/O&M shows the cast of Broadway's "1984," based on George Orwell's book, at the Hudson Theatre in New York. Richard Blair, whose father finished the book in 1949 when he was a young boy, was in New York on Thursday to cheer on the cast amid a huge jump in interest of his father’s nightmarish vision of the future. (Julieta Cervantes/DKC/O&M via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The audience at the opening night on Broadway of a new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian fantasy "1984" will include a special guest — the author's son.

This image released by DKC/O&M shows the cast of Broadway's "1984," based on George Orwell's book, at the Hudson Theatre in New York. Richard Blair, whose father finished the book in 1949 when he was a young boy, was in New York on Thursday to cheer on the cast amid a huge jump in interest of his father’s nightmarish vision of the future. (Julieta Cervantes/DKC/O&M via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by DKC/O&M shows the cast of Broadway's "1984," based on George Orwell's book, at the Hudson Theatre in New York. Richard Blair, whose father finished the book in 1949 when he was a young boy, was in New York on Thursday to cheer on the cast amid a huge jump in interest of his father’s nightmarish vision of the future. (Julieta Cervantes/DKC/O&M via AP)

Richard Blair, whose father finished the book in 1949 when he was a young boy, was in New York on Thursday to cheer on the cast amid a huge jump in interest of his father's nightmarish vison of the future.

Says Blair: "It's still fresh today as it was then."

The novel tells the story of a man who works at the Ministry of Truth falsifying war news and promoting adoration of the mythical leader Big Brother. The play version stars Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge and Reed Birney.

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