The Great Gatsby is a deeply moving and honest portrayal of class, racism, and prejudice in American society. This timely story reveals a culture where success seems to be defined only by wealth, obsession masquerades as love, and prejudice is used as a weapon to bolster one’s fragile sense of self. The story centers around a “self-made” Jay Gatsby, a man from a working-class background, who had previously fallen in love with wealthy heiress, Daisy Buchanan. After returning from his military service, he finds that Daisy had married blue-blood, Tom Buchanan. Gatsby, determined to win her back, does whatever it takes to reinvent himself into the man he thinks Daisy will want.
Aquila Theatre’s Desiree Sanchez is creating a new theatrical adaptation that will speak to how this book resonates within our current culture. The New Yorker has raved that Aquila Theatre productions are beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect. With its clever and impactful designs, superb actors and insightful direction, Aquila’s production of The Great Gatsby is sure to be a must see show of the season.
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