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Simon Levy

is the Producing Director for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles where he's been a resident playwright, director, and producer since 1993. His stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby, a Finalist for the PEN Literary Award in Drama, completes his Fitzgerald Trilogy, which includes Tender is the Night (Winner of the PEN Literary Award in Drama) and The Last Tycoon (winner of numerous awards and nominated for the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for Original Play). His stage adaptation of Eliot Weinberger’s celebrated article, What I Heard About Iraq, was produced worldwide, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (where it won the Fringe First Award); the Adelaide Fringe Festival (where it won the Fringe Award); was produced by BBC Radio; and received a 30-city UK tour culminating in London.  He was recently honored with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Lifetime Achievement Award in Directing. He is the author of other plays, short stories and poems... and his directing and producing credits are numerous. For more information, please visit

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Winner: 5 Back Stage/Drama-Logue Awards (including Best Adaptation)
Winner: Beverly Press Best Production
Winner: Frontiers Mag Best Production
Nominated for the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle “Ted Schmitt” Award For Original Play

BEST BET! and Theater Pick of the Day! - “STYLISH! WELL-ACTED! VISUALLY LUXURIOUS! ‘Last Tycoon’ Plays Well to Hollywood’s Glamour. Levy has sharpened the focus of ‘Tycoon’ in his well-acted, visually luxurious production... Gorgeous glamour... It all makes for a stylish production.” - Los Angeles Times

CRITIC’S PICK! - “AN EVENING OF THEATRE NOT TO BE MISSED. WONDERFUL! EXQUISITE! STUNNING! Simon Levy has successfully adapted Fitzgerald’s compelling story about the fall of Hollywood producer Monroe Stahr for the stage... For anyone who is a fan of the movies, and especially for fans of Fitzgerald’s work, this is an evening of theatre not to be missed.” - Back Stage West/Drama-Logue

RECOMMENDED! - “STYLISH PRODUCTION! A TECHNICAL MARVEL! Adept, Seasoned Cast Is A Treat To Watch! A more sophisticated professional production would be hard to find.” - L.A. Weekly

“STYLISH! Levy guides his capable ensemble with SEAMLESS FLUIDITY through the fast-paced dealings and double dealings of Stahr’s world." - Variety

CRITIC’S PICK OF THE WEEK! - “DON’T MISS IT! EXEMPLARY PRODUCTION! VISUALLY GRIPPING! TECHNICALLY STUNNING! A haunting portrayal by Lawrence Monoson. [Levy’s] intuitive direction tightly merges with a strong vividly intense admirably talented cast.” - American Radio Network

“ELEGANT! BEAUTIFUL! SPECTACULAR! Levy’s adaptation, enhanced by his elegant direction, has a good Fitzgerald feel to it, exquisitely capturing the Jazz Age of glittering high anxiety, glamor and excess." - Beverly Press

“With writer/director Simon Levy’s premiere stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Last Tycoon,’ he ONCE AGAIN HANDSOMELY RECREATES THE GLAMOUR OF THE ART DECO ERA of the ‘30s in Hollywood. This production has many strengths, foremost, Levy’s understanding of Fitzgerald’s writing and his PRECISE EXECUTION and profound sense of HIGH-STYLE AND ELEGANCE of the period.” - Nightlife Magazine

Winner: PEN Literary Award for Drama
Winner: 7 Drama-Logue Awards (including Best Production)
Winner: Back Stage "Garland" Award Best Production
Winner: L.A. Village View Best of 7 Productions
Nominated for 2 Theatre L.A. OVATIONS Awards (including Best New Adaptation)

CRITIC'S CHOICE - "A MAGICAL, EXCITING THEATRE EXPERIENCE. Golden is the glamor, bittersweet is the romance, and potent is the magic of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic Jazz Age novel... brought lyrically and luminously - and yes, tenderly - to the stage in this sensitive dramatization by Simon Levy." - Drama-Logue

CRITIC'S PICK - "A PERFECT PRODUCTION... TOP NOTCH... MAGIC... The Fountain Theatre has a rarity on its hands." - Back Stage West

BEST BET & BEST OF THE WEEKEND - "A handsome show. Lavish. Ambitious. Lovely." - Los Angeles Times

RAVE PICK - "SHEER PERFECTION. The Fountain's production is a brilliant adaptation of a classic literary piece." - Santa Monica Evening Outlook

"A LAVISH PRODUCTION. Stunning period costumes. Vivacious choreography."
- L.A. Weekly

"AN OUTSTANDING EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT. An absolute knockout. Simon Levy, playwright/adaptor for Hollywood's Fountain Theater, has created a compelling stage version." - Daily Breeze


"A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION. Superb stagecraft and stunning performances. Dazzling design. Elegant costumes. Sparkling choreography." - L.A. Village View