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The Great Gatsby
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,
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
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.
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
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
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.