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"FINALLY, A GREAT 'GATSBY'
STREAMLINED, FAST AND POWERFUL
Alabama Shakespeare Festival production 2014
"GREAT SCRIPT... ITS OWN WORK OF ART." -
Montana Repertory National Tour 2015
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BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLAY
(The play can be done with a minimum of 9 actors - 5 M, 4 W. At the producer's discretion,
suggested doubling may be ignored, or additional dancers and party guests may be added.)
Running time is approximately 2 hours.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Romantic Idealist, with a disarming smile
with a voice that sounds like money
with a kind face and gentle manner
Husband, with a powerful cruel body
Friend, with an athletic almost masculine body
Girlfriend, New York, fleshy and sensual
Husband, New York, spiritless and anemic
Time and Place: Summer, 1922, Long Island, New York
Setting: A landscape of sea and sky.
The action of the play is fluid. Set pieces and furniture, like the people, appear and disappear, impressionistic, like a fairy tale.
The weathered, partially-destroyed billboard of the faceless Dr. T.J. Eckleburg and his gigantic eyes framed by a pair of enormous spectacles passes judgment on the action of the play. Throughout, the eyes change color.
This is a Fable - of America, of the Jazz Age, of enchantment and illusions, of a world where love and dreams are pursued and betrayed.
: the described stage setting is the idealized vision of the play played out against a larger-than-life mythic backdrop where spectacular production elements substitute for the lyric beauty of Fitzgerald's descriptive prose; however, symbolism and metaphor, which are central to the novel, may be realized in many ways, and I leave it to the imagination of directors and producers to tell the story as simply or elaborately as they choose. It's my intention that scenes overlap, linger, even play simultaneously sometimes so we play freely with time and space. After all, this is memory, a dreamscape. If possible, it would be exciting to have a live musician (sax, clarinet) to represent the passion and sound of the Jazz Age, as music is integral to the telling of this story. One should approach this play the way you would a musical.