Live at Heritage Center presents Ray Bradbury’s "Fahrenheit 451", performed by Aquila Theatre

Jan 29, 2014 | Kristi Lynch

Heritage Center, the University of Dubuque’s performing arts, worship, and campus center, continues its inaugural Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451,performed by the Aquila Theatre of New York, on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Based on the novel of the same name published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 follows the story of a young firefighter who burns books for a living – but an encounter with a young, eccentric woman spurs him to question his job and the oppressive society he lives in.


WHAT:           Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series – Fahrenheit 451

WHEN:            Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:          John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

TICKETS:       $25-$29 for adults, $15 for students


One of the most revered novels of the twentieth-century, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury’s dystopian tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction. Considered a work of science fiction when first published, Fahrenheit 451 has been debated for decades - issues of censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained continue to be very real concerns today.


Fahrenheit 451 has been reprinted dozens of times since its initial publication in 1953 and has achieved the rare distinction of being both a literary classic and a perennial bestseller. Adapted for the stage by Ray Bradbury and in 1966, Fahrenheit 451 was directed by Francois Truffaut for the screen.


With its skill at creating innovative and modern productions of great works of literature, the Aquila Theatre of New York brings new life to Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry. The New Yorker describes Aquila’s productions as “The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging” while The New York Times exclaims “The excellent Aquila Theatre, an extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit.”


The performance will be preceded by a free pre-show lecture in Babka Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during which a member of Aquila Theatre will share background information on the guest theater company and the evening’s performance. The pre-show session closes with a question-and-answer period.


Tickets for Fahrenheit 451 can be purchased at the Farber Box Office Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at


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