Gary Wilmes Will Join Original Cast of Gatz at the Public

Gary Wilmes, who recently starred as an American abroad in the Broadway production of Chinglish, will return to the role of Tom in the Public Theater's encore presentation of Elevator Repair Service's Gatz.

Scott Shepherd in Gatz
Scott Shepherd in Gatz (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Wilmes will join fellow 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).

Gatz received its New York premiere at the Public last fall, garnering critical raves, which resulted in a twice-extended, sold-out run. The return engagement will play a 28-performance run in the Newman Theater March 14-May 6 under the direction of John Collins.

The design team includes Louisa Thompson (set design), Mark Barton (lighting design), Colleen Werthmann (costume design) and Ben Williams (sound design).

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 marathon tickets, priced $160, phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

<i>Gatz</i>, the Elevator Repair Service&#39;s seven-hour word-for-word adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," played a sold-out run at the Public Theater.
Gatz, the Elevator Repair Service's seven-hour word-for-word adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," played a sold-out run at the Public Theater. (Joan Marcus)