'Darkness,' '1984' come home to Culver City
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Actors’ Gang is bringing home to Culver City two productions that have toured widely in recent years: “Heart of Darkness” and the Tim Robbins-helmed “1984.”Both productions will feature Spanish supertitles, in a nod to L.A.’s Hispanic community. “Darkness,” which the company has taken as far afield as South America, will stage a half-dozen workshop performances through May 17. Star Brian Finney spent five years adapting the 160-page novel to a 80-minute monologue. “Most people claim they’ve read ‘Heart of Darkness,’ but I’ve found that many of them haven’t — though most have seen ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ” said director Keythe Farley. “We may not have helicopters or the ‘smell of napalm in the morning’, but we’ve got Conrad’s words, and they’re astounding.” The Actors’ Gang production of George Orwell’s “1984,” adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan, was first produced in 2006. It has since been staged across the U.S., in Mexico, Australia, China and other parts of Asia and several Europe countries. New perfs begin May 18. Robbins is a founder and a.d. of the company, whose mission is to present new plays and interpretations of classics. It operates legit outreach programs with local schools and it brings workshops behind bars through its Prison Project program.