Sneak Peek of "Gatz Backstage," About Elevator Repair Service's Eight-Hour Event, Will Be Screened in NYC

News   Sneak Peek of "Gatz Backstage," About Elevator Repair Service's Eight-Hour Event, Will Be Screened in NYC A special sneak-preview screening of "Standing By: Gatz Backstage," shot in London in summer 2012 when Elevator Repair Service's eight-hour theatrical event Gatz was presented by LIFT, will be held Oct. 13 at Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

The event will begin at 7 PM and will be followed by a talkback with Shaun Irons and ERS artistic director John Collins, among others.

"Standing By: Gatz Backstage," according to the film's HatchFund website, "is an atmospheric portrait of backstage life during Gatz, a ground breaking performance work created by New York City's Elevator Repair Service (ERS). Gatz is an eight-hour theatrical event, where every word of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is voiced and enacted onstage."

Gatz is an award-winning show that has had runs at venues in New York and internationally, including The Public Theater (NYC), REDCAT (Los Angeles), The American Repertory Theater (Boston), The Walker (Minneapolis) and London's LIFT Festival.

The documentary "follows the company through a composite day, focusing on the inherent tension between inertia and explosive energy, as actors move between periods of repose or waiting, moments before they are about to unleash their energy into performance. The camera lingers on performers in these transitional states, hovering somewhere between the characters they inhabit onstage and themselves – as they rest, check email, watch the Wimbledon finals, get a massage, and prepare for the next scene."

For more information and to fund the project, visit the HatchFund website here.

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