Casting Complete for Guthrie's Great Gatsby; Esbjornson Directs

News   Casting Complete for Guthrie's Great Gatsby; Esbjornson Directs Complete casting has been announced for the Guthrie's upcoming production of The Great Gatsby, which will open the famed theatre company's first season in its new home in downtown Minneapolis.

Simon Levy's adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel will begin performances July 15 at the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Directed by David Esbjornson, The Great Gatsby will officially open July 21 and will play through Sept. 10.

The cast includes Matthew Amendt (Nick Carraway), Lorenzo Pisoni (Jay Gatsby), Heidi Armbruster (Daisy Buchanan), Erik Heger (Tom Buchanan), Cheyenne Casebier (Jordan Baker), Christina Baldwin (Myrtle Wilson), Mark Rhein (George Wilson), Raye Birk (Meyer Wolfshiem), Bob Davis (Chester McKee/Policeman) and Kate Eifrig (Lucille McKee/Mrs. Michaelis).

The creative team for the production includes Thomas Lynch (set designer), Jane Greenwood (costume designer), Michael Phillipi (lighting designer), Wayne Barker (composer), Scott W. Edwards (sound designer), Amy Wegener (dramaturg), Marcela Lorca (movement), Lucinda Holshue (voice and dialect coach) and Braden Abraham (assistant director).

The Great Gatsby, according to production notes, concerns "Nick Carraway, a young man of modest means from the Midwest, who finds himself caught up in the lives of the rich and careless when he moves to the East. Nick also becomes fascinated by the grand, romantic dreams of the mysterious mansion-dweller next door, Jay Gatsby, who once had a love affair with Nick’s beautiful cousin, Daisy. Now married to the brutish Tom Buchanan, Daisy and the possibility she represents are still frozen in time for Gatsby, who has amassed a fortune and keeps a house constantly filled with party guests in the all-consuming hope of winning Daisy again. But Gatsby’s hope and recent wealth aren’t enough to transcend insurmountable class barriers and the losses of time."

The Guthrie Theater is located at 818 Second Street South in Minneapolis, MN. Tickets are available by calling (612) 377-2224 or (877) 447-8243. For more information visit www.guthrietheater.org.

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