San Jacinto College Central's department of theatre and film will perform "A Clockwork Orange," a graphic science fiction play adapted from a novel by Anthony Burgess. The controversial and visually stunning film of the same title, released in 1972 by Stanley Kubrick, was based on Burgess' novel.
Performances are set for Feb. 24 and 25, March 1, 2 and 3 in the Jerry Powell Arena Theatre, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. The curtain will be 7:30 p.m. for each show.
The show is rated R for graphic stage and video violence, language and adult content. SJC's theater adaption of the novel will be a premiere for the Houston area, according to Jerry Ivins, producer for the show. The production is directed by Mark Adams, guest artist and artistic director for the College of the Mainland.
"A Clockwork Orange," set "in the near future" in an unnamed bleak urban landscape, is the story of 15-year-old Alex and his nasty gang of "droogs" (slang for friends). At Alex's orders, they rampage through dank city streets at night. After celebrating their crimes, Alex is arrested and sent to prison. In scenes reminiscent of "1984," he submits to "Ludovico therapy," institutional torture disguised as behavior modification. Upon release from prison, he is cast adrift. Alex revisits the scenes of his old crimes, realizing for the first time the pain he inflicted on his innocent victims.
SJC students who have key roles in the show include Alec Trevino (Alex) from Pasadena, Lauren Ayala (Minister of Interior) from La Porte, Jason Broussard (Dim) from Dickinson, Sean Carter (the Chaplain) from Baytown, Pierce Castro (George) from Pearland and Gino Sandoval (Pete) from League City. Other SJC students in the cast include Daniel Edwards, Dwayne Hernandez, Zachary Kole, Kyle Kraesig, Warren Milligan, Ryan Mullarkey, Cory Mundy, Shannon Nichols, Kourtney Pepper, Tabitha Plante and Rob Reichenbach.
The cost for general admission is $10 per person. Tickets bought and picked up at least two days before the show cost $8 each. For more information or for tickets, please call 281-476-1828.