F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Masterpiece The Great Gatsby at ASF, January 31-February 16, 2014

January 10, 2014



Contact: Tiffany Bell, 334.462.2747 or tiffany@mattercreativestudio.com

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Masterpiece

The Great Gatsby

at ASF, January 31-February 16, 2014

MONTGOMERY, AL (Jan. 10, 2014) F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece about love among the rich and infamous during the Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby, will be staged by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival January 31 through February 16, 2014. Additional performances will take place May 18, 22 and 25. The adaptation by Simon Levy is approved by the Fitzgerald Estate. Tickets start at $30 and may be obtained on line at www.asf.net, by phone at 800.841.4273 or by visiting the ASF box office at 1 Festival Drive in the heart of Montgomery’s beautiful Blount Cultural Park.

In the story, the handsome and mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan, a beautiful but married woman with whom he had a relationship years before. Daisy’s cousin Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to the wealth of Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The three interact with several other characters that are also living seemingly full lives but with empty souls during America’s decadent Jazz Age of the 1920s.

Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews. Over time, however, it became appreciated as a literary masterpiece and The New York Times declared the novel to be “a classic of 20th Century American fiction.” The Great Gatsby has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

Anthony Marble and Jenny Strassburg will perform as reconnecting lovers Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Bjorn Thorstad will perform as Nick.

Others in the cast include Brik Berkes (George Wilson), Rodney Clark (Wolfsheim/Mr. McKee/Cop/Dancer), Paula Jon De Rose (Myrtle), Greta Lambert (Mrs. McKee/Mrs. Michaelis/Dancer), Chris Ryan (Tom Buchanan) and Alice Sherman (Jordan).

ASF’s producing director Geoffrey Sherman directs the production. Sherman most recently directed his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol at ASF.

Others on the artistic team include James Wolk (scenic design), Brenda Van Der Weil (costume design), Karl Haas (lighting design), Richelle Thompson (sound design), Susan Willis (dramaturg), Seth Andrew Bridges (fight consultant) and Greta Lambert (movement consultant). Julie Richardson will serve as stage manager.

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as the State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton Blount’s gift of a performing arts complex in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park.


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