Nov. 14: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ brought to life at Jones Theatre

Fahrenheit-451 cbook overPULLMAN, Wash. – Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction “Fahrenheit 451” will be presented by Literature to Life, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in WSU’s Jones Theatre.

Adapted verbatim from the classic 1953 novel and directed by Wynn Handman, “Fahrenheit 451” depicts a future society where books have been outlawed and ubiquitous screens preoccupy the population with mindless entertainment.

In this dystopian setting, fireman Guy Montag’s job is to burn books wherever they are found. When he meets his new neighbor, a teenage girl with free-thinking ideals, he begins to question his purpose and perceived happiness.

Actor Rich Orlow to portray fireman Guy Montag
Actor Rich Orlow to portray fireman Guy Montag

Montag will be portrayed by Rich Orlow, a chameleonic actor perhaps most recognizable for his voice work on hundreds of commercials, documentaries, video games, audiobooks and more.

Interactive discussions led by a master teaching artist will bookend the performance, offering further insights into the novel and its social context.

Bradbury’s vision of a world awash in information but rejecting critical thought offers audiences of all ages a sobering look at our modern world, while offering hope for a better future.

Reserved seating costs $16 adults, $12 seniors (ages 60+) and $8 non-WSU students and youth. WSU student admission is free with valid ID. A discounted rate of $10 per person is available to groups of eight or more.

Tickets are on sale now through all TicketsWest outlets , WSU’s Beasley Coliseum and the Rosauers Supermarket in Lewiston, Ida. Advance tickets are subject to convenience charges unless purchased at the Beasley Coliseum ticket office. The Daggy Hall box office will open two hours before the performance for ticket sales and will-call.

Literature to Life presents professionally staged, verbatim adaptations of significant American literary works. The performances provide a new way for audiences to access and experience literature, bringing to life the world of books through live performances that encourage discovery and spark the imagination.

“Fahrenheit 451” is presented by WSU Performing Arts, with generous support from the Residence Inn by Marriott – Pullman, and the Courtyard by Marriott – Pullman.

Parking for this performance will be available without permits or fees in the Daggy Hall parking garage and in the Green 3 lot directly across the street from Daggy Hall.

“Fahrenheit 451” is recommended for ages 11 and older.



  • Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts, 509-335-8522,