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Tim Robbins, the Actor’s Gang, and ‘1984’

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<!-- missing image http://blogs.kcrw.com/whichwayla/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/IMG_5468-e1329953156374-296x300.jpg -->Actor Tim Robbins was surprised to learn that George Orwell’s “1984” is the top selling mass market paperback in southern California this week. (So was I.)

The Actor’s Gang,  the theatrical troupe Robbins’ founded 30 years ago (before he was famous) is remounting a production of the show based on Orwell’s book.  Since 2006, they’ve produced it all over the world. After the five-week run here in LA is finished, they’ll take the show to Bogota, Colombia.

With the 30th anniversary of the Actors’ Gang occurring at a time of change and war and cuts to arts funding, Robbins took the chance to talk about the importance of a small non-profit theater group in building and coalescing community.  They do a lot of work with kids in Culver City, helping to “arm” them with tools for creativity.

Here’s a bit of our chat: