Epic Stage Work Gatz Cleared for New York Bow

News   Epic Stage Work Gatz Cleared for New York Bow
New York City audiences may get a look at Elevator Repair Service's six-hour production Gatz, a word for word performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic 1925 novel, "The Great Gatsby."

Gatz incorporates every word of Fitzgerald's novel, without a single word added. The production is set to begin at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, Jan. 7, 2010. John Collins stages Gatz through Feb. 7, 2010, at A.R.T.

The New York Times reports that Elevator Repair Service has received approval from the F. Scott Fitzgerald estate to bring the production to New York after its Boston debut, possibly as early as fall 2010.

Previously, the Fitzgerald estate had restricted the New York premiere of Gatz because producers of Gatsby, Simon Levy's play adapted from the book, held the stage rights to the original novel. Levy's Gatsby played the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota. The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop and St. Ann's Warehouse have all expressed interest in presenting Gatz.

According to press notes, "Gatz begins one morning in the low-rent office of a mysterious small business when an employee finds a ragged old copy of 'The Great Gatsby' in the clutter of his desk and starts to read it out loud. And doesn't stop. At first his coworkers hardly seem to notice, but then strange coincidences start happening in the office, one after another, until it's no longer clear whether he's reading the book or the book is doing something to him…"

The cast includes Scott Shepherd as Nick, the narrator; Victoria Vazquez as Daisy; Jim Fletcher in the title role; and Gary Wilmes as Tom. Completing the ensemble are Susie Sokol (Jordan), Sibyl Kempson (Jordan), Laurena Allan (Myrtle), Aaron Landsman (Wilson), Frank Boyd (Wilson), Annie McNamara (Catherine), Kristen Sieh (Catherine), Kate Scelsa (Lucille), Vin Knight (Chester), Mike Iveson (Klipspringer), Ben Williams (Michaelis) and Ross Fletcher (Henry C. Gatz). Steve Bodow serves as associate director. The design team includes Louisa Thompson (set design), Mark Barton (lighting design), Colleen Werthmann (costume design) and Ben Williams (sound design).

Gatz was created by the theatrical ensemble Elevator Repair Service in 2004 and has toured 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.

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