This is one of those times where I am really glad to live in NYC. I just heard about this fascinating production from one of the other DA students, Laura. Thank you, Laura! This production by the Elevator Repair Service is a staging of the entire text of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. And it’s not just a staged reading … well, I supposed it is technically, but this a fully staged production. Here’s the description from the Public Theater’s website:
One morning in the office of a mysterious small business, an employee finds a copy of The Great Gatsby in the clutter of his desk. He starts to read it out loud and doesn’t stop. At first his coworkers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, it’s no longer clear whether he’s reading the book or the book is transforming him. Gatz is a theatrical and literary tour de force, not a retelling of the Gatsby story but an enactment of the novel itself. Over the course of 6 1/2 hours, the cast of 13 delivers Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece word for word, startlingly brought to life by a low-rent office staff in the midst of their inscrutable business operations.
Is it just me, or does this sound amazingly cool and a perfect outing? If you’re as jazzed (sorry, couldn’t resist) about this as I am, here are the details.
Text: THE GREAT GATSBY by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
Directed by JOHN COLLINS