By Adam Hetrick
21 Mar 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
John Collins directs the imaginative six-hour theatrical epic reading of F. Scott's Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" — set within an office environment where the novel comes to life. It received its New York premiere at the Public in fall 2010, prompting a twice-extended, sold-out run. The latest engagement was announced to end May 6, but will now play a final extension through May 13.
Gary Wilmes, who recently starred as an American abroad in the Broadway production of Chinglish, returns to the role of Tom alongside original cast members Laurena Allan (Myrtle), Frank Boyd (George), Jim Fletcher (Jim), Ross Fletcher (Henry C. Gatz), Mike Iveson (Ewing), Vin Knight (Chester), Annie McNamara (Catherine), Kate Scelsa (Lucille), Scott Shepherd (Nick), Susie Sokol (Jordan), Victoria Vazquez (Daisy) and Ben Williams (Michaelis).
Read the Playbill Brief Encounter interview with Scott Shepherd, who has performed the piece more than 125 times.
Here's how ERS describes the work: "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 a single 6 1/2 hour production, Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece is delivered word for word, startlingly brought to life by a low-rent office staff in the midst of their inscrutable business operations."
Gatz was created by the theatrical ensemble Elevator Repair Service in 2004 and has toured nationally and internationally to the Sydney Opera House, the Holland Festival, the Vienna Festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.
Presented in marathon format (two intermissions and a dinner break), Gatz is presented Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 3 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.
For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.